SIXTH-PLATE RUBY AMBROTYPE OF TWO ARMED MEMBERS OF THE 4TH MISSOURI INFANTRY

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The subjects of this exceptionally clear ambrotype are identified as Ludwig and Louis Reifsteck.

Ludwig stands at left wearing a dark kepi, light-colored overcoat with cape and a white buff belt with circular two piece plate and sash. All buttons and the belt plate have been touched with gilt. He is posed holding a pre-war militia sword at the “SHOULDER ARMS” position.  The scabbard for the sword can be seen hanging from his belt.

Louis, who according to the records was only 5’4”, stands at right. He wears a similar uniform of a dark kepi with gilt side buttons and a light-colored overcoat, also with gilt buttons. At his waist is the regulation black leather belt with cap box and empty bayonet scabbard. Belt has the Pattern 1839 oval US plate that has been slightly touched with gilt. Between the belt plate and the bayonet scabbard, a small knife can be seen tucked into the belt. Louis holds his musket with fixed bayonet at the “ORDER ARMS” position.

Clarity and contrast are exceptional. The plate itself is very clean.

Image comes with a decorative oval brass mat and stamped brass frame housed in a Union case with a scroll and floral exterior decoration. Case is in excellent condition. Lightly written on the inside of the case behind the image in period pencil is “SHELBYVILLE..” looks like “TEN.” below it but the writing is worn.

With the image is a small slip of paper stating that the item came from the Reifsteck family in 1981.

Ludwig enlisted as a private in Company B, of the Gasconade Home Guard which was organized by General Nathaniel Lyon in 1861 to guard railroad bridges within the state. It was disbanded in September of 1861. He then joined the 4th Missouri Infantry on September 1, 1862.

Louis Reifsteck enlisted at Herman, Missouri as a private in Company B, 4th Missouri Infantry on September 1, 1862. On his descriptive roll he is listed as being 19 years old and was born in Baden, Germany. By occupation he was a laborer, stood 5’4” tall with a light complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair. Not long after enlisting Louis became ill and spent some time in the hospital. He was back with his Company by October 1862 and was present until mustered out on February 1, 1863.

The 4th Missouri served in their home state until mustered out by special order on February 1, 1863.  [ad] [ph:L]

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