UNFRAMED ALBUMEN OF UNION FIRST LIEUTENANT WITH SMITH PATENT STRAPS

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Item Code: 1054-801

This nice, large format, oval albumen photograph shows a uniformed first lieutenant from the waist up. He wears a moustache and small goatee and short haircut, though a little tousled in the front. He wears the regulation single-breasted coat of a line officer (lieutenant or captain) and gazes slightly to the left of the viewer. The tones and clarity are very good. You can even make out that he has purchased a set of Smith’s patent shoulder straps to display his rank. The rigid metallic borders of the straps are quite evident to the camera, as is the single bar indicating his rank.

Photos of this size and format were intended for display in hanging wall frames. The oval photo mount has been trimmed along the top and bottom, which is fairly common since the frames often had simple rectangular opening on the reverse. There are now some facial-recognition resources for researching Civil War portraits, or someone might recognize him from another, identified image. There are no photographer’s marks or inscriptions to help, but this is a very nice image of a company officer who would have served in the battle line with his men.  [SR]

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