GROUP OF ITEMS ID’D TO MARYLAND SOLDIER

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This group of items came out of a Maryland estate and the family names involved lived in Baltimore and the surrounding area. The names on the documents are for people who were born right after the Civil War but all attempts to track backward to ID the soldier related items have failed. The family names are Schmidt and later changed to Smith so one can imagine the trouble we have had trying to track this soldier. We present the group as it is leaving future owners to do the detective work.

First in the group are two nice Civil War period cased images. Both are ninth plate ambrotypes in full split cases with brass mats and frames. Both cases have the same exterior geometric design. The first image shows a seated Union soldier from the waist up. He wears a forage cap, dark frock coat with brass shoulder scales and light trousers. Visible on his chest is the cartridge box sling and Model 1826 Eagle breast plate while at his waist is his belt with oval Model 1839 “US” plate. The subject is holding a Model 1816 conversion musket and sling diagonally across his chest. The photographer has tinted the cheeks slightly and has just touched the buttons and plate edges with gilt. Image is exceptionally clear with excellent contrast.

The second image is believed to be of the soldier’s wife. She is seen from the waist up and wears a dark dress with a light floral pattern and lace collar. Her cheeks have also been tinted. This image is very clear with excellent contrast.

The next two items in the group are large oval bubble glass framed photos that were popular in the early 1900’s. The first one is hand colored and shows an older gentleman in a dark suit that looks to be a GAR uniform. He wears a GAR Membership badge on his suit jacket and written on his left collar is “MARYLAND.” This writing is not readily seen and was only spotted on closer inspection of the image. The subject is slightly bald but the facial features do seem to match the soldier in the ambrotype described above. Framed, the item meas. approx. 18.00 inches across x 24.00 inches high. The image itself meas. approx. 13.00 x 19.00 inches. The frame has gold paint with a beaded border and four raised scrollwork designs and is in good condition. The backing on the frame has part of an advertisement for a Baltimore store. With this is another image in the same type frame and the same size but this one is of a woman. She is believed to be the woman in the ambrotype described above but of course older in appearance. Her image is also hand colored but the bubble glass lens is gone having been broken long ago. There are numerous areas where the surface of the image was rubbed leaving streaks and dirt behind.

Next in the group are four snapshots that look to be from the 1920’s. Three of the shots were taken on the Gettysburg battlefield. The first shot meas. approx. 3.25 x 5.25 inches and shows a man, woman and young girl posed in front of the monument to Smith’s New York Battery just above Devil’s Den. The negative to this shot is also present. The next shot is similar in size and shows the woman and young girl from the first photo posed by one of the guns marking Smith’s Battery. The third shot meas. approx. 2.50 x 3.50 inches and shows a young boy sitting on a cannon barrel. From the background it looks as though it might have been taken in the National Cemetery. The last shot in the group shows a man and woman sitting on a rail fence each holding a baby. None of the shots have writing on the back and all have minor edge damage. Also included here is a small newspaper clipping of a young man in a tuxedo. There is no information on the clipping other than the newsprint on the back mentions Baltimore.

Last in the group are three framed documents that are all approx. 15.25 x 19.00 inches. The first document is preprinted and filled out in ink. At center is a color lithograph showing the altar of a church surrounded by clouds, cherubs and harps. At bottom center the document states that “MR. DAVID T. SMITH OF BALTIMORE MARYLAND MARRIED SOPHIA J. TROSTLE ALSO OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND ON APRIL 30, 1901.” The next document is similar. The difference is that only the heads and wings of cherubs can be seen. This document states that “IDELLA AMELIA SCHMIDT THE DAUGHTER OF DAVID AND SOPHIA SCHMIDT WAS BORN IN BALTIMORE COUNTY ON THE 22ND DAY OF JANUARY 1902 AND THAT SHE WAS BAPTIZED ON THE 30TH OF APRIL 1902.”  The last document is very similar to the first two but the view of the church altar is a little different and a photograph of the Pastor dominates the lower left corner. This document states that “IDELLA AMELIA SMITH ON PROFESSION OF FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WAS UNITED INTO FULL COMMUNION WITH CHRIST ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND BY THE RITE OF COMFIRMATION ON 26TH DAY OF MARCH 1918.” All documents and frames are in good condition.

The David Smith or Schmidt, mentioned in these documents was a possible candidate for the soldier whose pictures accompany the group but a check of census records shows he was born in 1873 so could not be the soldier in question. It is believed that the soldier was either the father of David Smith or his wife Sophie J Trostle Smith.

This is a nice group with a strong Maryland connection. Civil War related items with a Maryland attachment are not often encountered.

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