SIXTH PLATE AMBROTYPE OF A SEATED SOUTH CAROLINA CONFEDERATE SOLDIER DISPLAYING A PHOTOGRAPHIC CASE FOR THE CAMERA

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Item Code: 141-120

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This nice view of a young southern soldier comes from an estate in Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina. No family name has been preserved, but units such as the 4th, 5th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 17th South Carolina Infantry and the Palmetto Sharpshooters drew men from the county, which suffered a high casualty rate during the war. The image is a sixth plate ambrotype and shows a hatless young soldier in a six-button gray jacket holding a closed thermoplastic photographic case forward for the camera. He is smooth-shaven, has combed his hair neatly, and seems to clench his lips slightly to keep from moving and blurring the image. The image shows some slight streaks, but nothing too distracting and the subject matter is very unusual. People often posed with books to seem educated or religious. Posing the soldier with a photographic case could be a bit of self-reference by the photographer, but could also be a message from the soldier to the recipient reminding them that he is presenting them with the photo we see.

The mat, glass and frame are in place. The image is housed in a leatherette case separated along the hinge, but with orange-red embossed facing pad in place. An unusual pose and Confederate to boot.  [sr]

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