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Posted 4 years ago


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I believe this to be a carry into Battle Photo Frame from the Civil War containing a Tintype photo of a Soldier's Loved one. If I am mistaken about it being a Tintype Photo, let me know what type of photograph I have here. Any more information on this would be appreciated.

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  1. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Thank You BELLIN68 !!
  2. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    It looks to be a tintype but could be an ambrotype-- hard to tell without seeing it in person. An ambro is on glass.

    The matting on yours is earlier than Civil War era and if original to the image would date it earlier than the Civil War. While I am sure that many of these were carried by soldiers into battle-- the case is typical of the 1854- 1870 era (for a tin or ambro) and doesn't denote it was specifically housed that way for a soldier.

  3. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
    I believe the case is gutta percha? I have one just like it without a photo. Or maybe it's leather?
  4. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Thank You for the information Scott. Do You know if there is any way to trace this back to a family? There is no hint of a name or other identifying marks that I can readily see. There could,however, be a name on the back of the photo. I do not want to destroy the frame or Photo. Do you know of anyone who could get the photo out without harm They could check the back and re assemble it back to original. The photo, when rocked back and forth, seems to look like a negative. Does this help in determining the kind of Photo? Once again, Thanks Scott.
  5. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    I believe It is Leather valentino and the opposite inside looks to be velvet.
  6. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Many Thanks Sandpiper !!
  7. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    It sounds like it is an ambrotype based on the appearance you describe.

    These are fairly easy to take out of the case-- a very small pen knife can be inserted near the brass edge of the preserver to pry it out. Just be careful and if it doesn't come out easily, then don't risk it.

    Take some pictures of it out of the case and it should be easy to confirm it is an ambrotype.

    Don't touch the actual image-- ambrotypes and daguerreotypes can be seriously damage from even the slightest surface touches.

    The case is made out of wood and then covered with leather.

    Photo cases were not made out of gutta percha, although they are often mistakenly referred to as gutta percha. The hard cases were made out of thermoplastic-- they are also known as Union Cases.

  8. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Scott: I took it out and the entire photo is a Clear piece of Glass. No writing anywhere. You can see through the photo as well as the rest of it. It has a Copper wrap around the Edges.
  9. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Nice ... probably an ambrotype. Even better than a tintype. There should be a backing of black paper (or similar) behind the glass. This is what gives the glass negative the illusion of a positive image.
  10. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Thank You rniederman !!
  11. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Thanks nldionne !!
  12. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Many Thanks officialfuel !!
  13. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Thank You Tony !!
  14. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Many Thanks EVERYONE !!
  15. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Thank You SpunkysMom !!
  16. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Thank You poop !!
  17. musikchoo musikchoo, 4 years ago
    Thank You crswerner !!

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