WONDERFUL SEATED VIEW OF A MILITIAMAN HOUSED IN A UNION CASE

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1/6 plate ambrotype image of a young militiaman seated next to a cloth covered table that holds his 1858 dress hat.

The subject wears a dark frock coat with matching dark trousers with a wide light leg stripe. The frock coat has a high collar of a lighter solid color with still lighter piping around the collars base, At his shoulders are brush epaulettes. The soldier’s accouterments consist of a white buff cartridge box sling with Pattern 1826 eagle breast plate and a white buff waist belt with sewn leather keeper and small Pattern 1839 oval “US” plate. No cap box is visible but the socket of his bayonet can just be seen by his left hand. The subject also wears white gloves and holds a musket with leather sling by his side. Musket looks to have a tompion in the muzzle. His 1858 dress or “Hardee” hat is decorated with an ostrich plume on the side with an infantry hunting horn and the letters “MG” on the front of the crown.

Clarity and contrast are good with minor scattered spots of oxidation in one or two areas. Image has a scalloped brass mat with floral decoration and stamped brass frame with scroll design.

Union case is in nice shape with three minor chips off the edge, one on the front upper corner, another off the front edge of the back panel and a third off the front bottom. The front panel has a raised decoration of a woman holding a baby. Back panel has an oval and fruit. Interior red felt cushion has an eagle flying forward with an oak branch in its talons with a riband in its beak that reads “T. H. NEWCOMER 316 N. SECOND STREET PHILA” surrounded by scrolls impressed into its surface.

Very attractive pre- or early Civil War image.  [AD]

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