FANTASTIC QUARTER-PLATE RUBY AMBROTYPE OF CAPTAIN G. W. WATERS COMMANDING JEFFERSON BARRACKS MISSOURI

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Image shows Captain George Washington Waters mounted on his horse in a field with trees and a small building in the background. The image has a little oxidation around the edges but the rider and horse are untouched. The captain wears a dark 1858 dress hat complete with ostrich plume and crown insignia that has been touched with gilt paint, a dark frock coat with gilt buttons and shoulder straps, dark trousers with thin leg stripe, white gauntlets and at his waist is his sword belt with gilt rectangular plate and sash. His sword is attached to his belt. The captain’s mount is all black and stands looking at the camera. The horses bit and headstall have gilt highlights as does the martingale and stirrups. The horse blanket has a gilt border and visible on the saddle just forward of the captain are a pair of saddle holsters with gilt tips.

Contrast and clarity are excellent. The area of the sky around the captain have some minor spots of discoloration but these are very minor.

The image comes in a stunning Union case decorated with the cupid and wounded stag motif surrounded by birds and scrolls with an eagle at top. Case is in excellent shape.

With the image is an old paper label that looks to date from the early part of the 20th Century and reads “TAKEN AT JEFFERSON BARRACKS ST. LOUIS MONDAY MORNING JULY 8, 1861. PICTURE OF CAPT. G. W. WATERS IN COMMAND OF POST + LIVED AT WINDSOR HARBOR, KIMMSWICK MO.”

There is also a typed note that mentions the image was purchased at a large estate sale of former St. Louis Mayor Lucius Kennett who was in office from 1850-1853.

Captain George Washington Waters from Massachusetts was an early settler of Kimmswick . He was stationed at Jefferson Barracks, located outside of St. Louis, and later was appointed Jefferson County Surveyor. During his tenure as surveyor, he purchased a large portion of the Labarge land grant. And it was from Captain Waters’ family that Theodore Kimm purchased the present-day Kimmswick land in 1850. [ad] [ph:M]

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