VERY CLEAR, CASED QUARTER PLATE TINTYPE OF A CONFEDERATE MAJOR

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This image is a half-length seated view and remarkably clear. The sitter is a rather robust, bearded Confederate major wearing a kepi showing some officer’s braid and a dark civilian style coat with open lapels, each showing the single, lightly gilt, star of Confederate major. His open coat shows his light colored vest, wide cravat and white shirt collar, with a long watch cord coming down his chest and passing into a vest pocket hidden by his coat.

This comes from the collection of Bill Turner, noted collector and dealer from Virginia, so a search for a possible identification should likely start there. His features and the details of his clothing are extremely clear. The photographer lightly touched his rank insignia and hat braid, but there seem to be three strands up the front of his cap, passing over onto the top, which corresponds with the single stars indicating he is a major. Similar braid around the lower edge of the hat is partially blocked by the cap brim, pushed back slightly so as not to shade the face. The photographer lightly tinted his cheeks. He has rather bright eyes, substantial, if slightly thin, beard, and an expression somewhat approaching a smile. His branch of service is not indicated, but the thought occurs that he might be a surgeon, who might be more informal in his dress, but ranked and wore the insignia of a major in both the Union and Confederate armies.

The image is under glass and has its brass frame. Slight shading indicates it once had an oval mat. It is nicely cased in a figural thermoplastic case showing a woman mounted on horse with her dog on the ground, next to what may be a dropped riding crop. A grove of trees is behind her. She rests her head on her hand and is waiting. At the lower left, in the distance, along the path, a rider approaches.  [sr][ph:m]

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