VERY RARE DAGUERREOTYPE OF A VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE CADET CIRCA 1855-1858

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Daguerreotype has excellent clarity and contrast. It is a sixth plate image in a half leather case showing a young Virginia Military Institute cadet seated wearing a light colored shell jacket with seven evenly spaced horizontal lines of dark piping decorating the front. Each line of piping ends with a closed loop. Under a magnifier it can easily be determined that the buttons bear the VMI design. They are arranged on the jacket in three parallel vertical rows, one row down the center and one on each side. The collar is high with one button and one line of dark piping on each side. The jacket is open towards the bottom and reveals white trousers and a white vest with dark buttons. Upon close examination one can see a starch white collar peaking up from under the jacket collar.

The contrast and clarity are excellent. Looking very closely and catching the light just right you can see some scratches but you really have to work to see them. Around the edge of the brass mat there is some minor discolorations but nothing that detracts from the wonderful condition of the image.

Brass mat has the usual scrolls and geometric shapes and the stamped brass frame is of the usual pattern.

From the stern look on this young cadet’s face it is possible he has just come through one of Professor Thomas J. Jacksons lectures. More importantly, one cannot help but wonder if this young fellow made it through the war to come in one piece.  [ad]

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