VIVID NINTH PLATE AMBROTYPE OF CONFEDERATE PRIVATE

$1,950.00

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Item Code: 1138-1859

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This image is extremely clear and shows very contemporary looking young man, seated, from the knees-up, wearing an open Confederate shell jacket. Aside from very delicate tinting of the soldier’s cheeks, the photographer refrained from coloring the image or gilding his buttons. The jacket has a nine-button front, with six brass buttons showing, has shoulder straps, and is open to show a partly open darker vest fastened with smaller brass buttons, all of which are convex and likely simple U.S. general service eagle buttons. The clarity and resolution are good enough to show the heavy weave of the jacket, which follows the lines of a Richmond Depot Type-II, though there were many privately made copies and other depots produced similar garb. There is a thin band of solarization around the periphery of the image, following the lines of the scalloped mat, but it is scarcely noticeable except across his knee at bottom.

The image is housed, somewhat ironically, in a very nice thermoplastic figural case showing on one side a United States shield, flanked by U.S. flags, under a scroll with the motto, “The Union and Constitution” in raised letters. This has a C-scroll border. The other side has geometric and floral motifs. The facing pad, mat, frame and glass are in place. This comes from the collection of the late Bill Turner, noted Virginia collector and dealer. This is one of those images that qualifies as, “the haunted face of a lost generation.”  [sr] [ph:m]

 

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