1/6 PLATE TINTYPE OF FOUR CIVIL WAR “PARDS

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For the Civil War soldier, his bunkmates, tent mates or friends were his “pards.” This sixth-plate tintype shows four young soldiers, two seated and two standing, freshly shaved and barbered, all wearing the same twelve-button mounted jacket, neatly buttoned at the throat with just the top lapel button and the lapels open. Piping is visible on the lapels and on the low collars of their jackets. The jackets and trim indicate they are in a mounted service, likely cavalry, where such slightly non-regulation lower collars are more often seen. They are all about the same age. The two at right have something of a resemblance about the eyes and ears. Perhaps they are brothers. They are all business for the camera and, while young, they look like they have seen some service.

The image has its mat, glass and frame and is housed in a thermoplastic case with a scrolling floral border on either side with a raised central arabesque four-paneled floral design on an intricately interwoven network of entwined circles, large and small, giving the overall effect of a an open screen. One side of the case rates good, with dark color and good detail. The other side had decorative gold paint added to it and shows a diagonal crack extended down to one of the spring clips that lock the case. That being said, the integrity of the case is not affected and thin gold paint is a fairly common touch, perhaps added later by one of soldiers pictured or his family to commemorate his military service fifty years before.  [sr]

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