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Posted 6 years ago

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This is a pristine Sixth plate daguerreotype of a gentleman.

The image is housed in a full wood case and contains its original seals.

In the last picture, I have shown the back of the image and the original seals (NEVER remove these from an image-- they add to collector desirability and prevent image scratching).

This image contains an ID in the case. While the name is probably correct the dates are off. This particular style of matting is consistent with the very late 1840s and 1850s, rather than 1840. Additionally, the man looks to be much older than the 22 years that he is identified to being. I suspect that the image was actually taken 15- 20 years AFTER the date in the case.

As most of us who collect know, modern family lore and identifications are often wrong and the same can be true of a 19th century identification.

Reproduction of this image in any form is not authorized.



  1. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
    Nice image. If it was indeed taken in 1840 according to the back, you're looking at an image made during the first two years of commercial photography - even more desirable.
  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    i agree that this could not have been taken in 1840. it's just too sophisticated a portrait for that time. the first daguerrotypes ever made in the usa were taken that year and they were not so fancy. by the clothes and the style of frame, i'd guess 1858 - give or take a year.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    The matting gives it away.

    Early mats were thicker, pebble surface with less elaborate opening.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks official and pw.

  5. musikchoo musikchoo, 6 years ago
    From the size of his hands,he was a pretty big dude !!
  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I think part of the size is deceptive. I took the photos of the image at an angle in order to get it to appear. Daguerreotypes are very hard to photograph.

  7. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking musik, vetraio and mikko!

  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks antiquesareamazing.

  9. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking official!


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