PAIR OF PRE-WAR AMBROTYPES OF A GENTLEMAN & HIS LADY

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Item Code: 1138-1930

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From the style of dress and hair these images look to date from the 1850’s.

The first is a sixth-plate of a seated couple. The gentleman wears a stove pipe hat, dark jacket, trousers and bowtie with a light-colored double-breasted vest. His exposed watchchain and pinky ring has been touched with gilt paint. He is posed with his arm draped around the shoulders of his lady with his other hand resting in her lap, at her elbow.

The lady has her hair parted down the middle with the rest framing her face and covering both ears. On the shoulder closest to her gentleman friend there is a strip of cloth that seems to be from a bow at the back of her head holding her hair in place.  She wears a light-colored dress decorated with small bouquets of flowers while around her shoulders is a small shawl of a similar pattern with a dark border. She has a thin necklace outlined in gilt paint around her neck as well as a golden brooch and rings on the pinky and ring finger of her right hand, both outlined in gold gilt paint. Both subject’s cheeks have been light tinted.

Contrast and clarity are excellent but the image has dark lines and scattered spots of oxidation throughout.

Image is housed in a half case with a plain brass mat and stamped brass frame.

The second image is a quarter-plate ambrotype from the same period and is of a young woman seated. Her hair is parted in the middle and is drawn back behind the ears. Dangling from the ears are earrings that have been lightly touched with gilt. Her dress is plaid with dark bars evenly spaced and her sleeves have fringe. The dress has a white lace collar and there is a cameo brooch outlined in gold gilt at her throat. She wears gold gilt bracelets on each wrist and a ring on the ring finger of her left hand.

Contrast and clarity are excellent but the edges are heavily discolored with some smaller spots of discoloration closer to the subject.

Image comes in a half case with a decorative brass mat and a stamped brass frame that is quite dirty and flattened along the top. Behind the image the case has a slip of paper covered in doodles from the period. One is of a woman posed like the subject and there are also several different names and characters but nothing to add to the value.

Images are from the collection of the late William A. Turner. [ad] [ph:L]

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