“FAN OF CORNUCOPIA” UNION CASE

$125.00

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Item Code: 1043-209

Adorned with cornucopia’s fanned in the center inlayed with floral motifs, this union case is perfect for anyone looking to frame a daguerreotype and/or ambrotype.  This frame case is empty and made in union style; meaning it is a union of different types of materials that were heated and worked into a mold creating a hard finish. This type of case production was developed in the early 1850s by Samuel Peck and Alfred Critchlow, who called his creation the “Florence Compound.”  By the 1850s Union cases became a means of functionality more so than novelty.  The “Wheel of Cornucopia” design was primarily manufactured by the Littlefield, Parsons & Company, who had locations in both Northampton, Massachusetts and New York City.

The item is a sixth plate that measures 3 ¼” by  approximately 3 ½”. The hinges are smooth with no issue of opening and closing with a working clasp.  The engravings are sharp and case is dark brown. There are no manufacture’s stamps inside the case.  On the inside, the left side of the case has a velvet pillow cushion with geometric design.  The right side is outlined with a velvet border and empty.  [mk] [ph:L]

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