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1) Six Mother-of-Pearl cases, ca. 1854
Rare set of cases showing the full range of standard daguerreotype sizes: the
whole-, half-, quarter-, sixth-, ninth-, and sixteenth-plate formats.
Mother-of-pearl cases are rare; the whole-plate case with cameo is one of only
two known examples.
2) Thermoplastic case with Washington Crossing the Delaware design, ca. 1860
A whole-plate case by Littlefield, Parson and Company, Florence, Mass., with a
design after the famous painting by Emanuel Leutze.
3) Elaborately painted and inlaid case, ca. 1854 (See Thumbnail #2)
A whole-plate case, described by its manufacturer as "Papier Mache Book inlaid
with pearl and painted."
4) Daguerreotype in O.G. wall frame, ca. 1854
A whole-plate image in an O. G. frame, bevelled inwards, with oval
5) Jewelry box with mounted daguerreotype, ca. 1849
Open silver jewelry box with red velvet lining with sixteenth-plate
daguerreotype mounted inside lid.
6) Lockets with daguerreotypes, ca. 1847-55 (See Thumbnail #5)
Four folding lockets; three open like books, one opens on both sides.
6a) Four daguerreotypes prepared for jewelry
Daguerreotypes were trimmed with metal shears into circles. They could then be inserted behind beveled glass into thin metal rings for mounting in jewelry.
7) Gold nugget fob and chain with mounted double daguerreotype locket, ca.
A Forty-niner’s souvenir.
8) Gold watch fob with miniature daguerreotypes, ca. 1850
These two miniature portraits (one on each side) depict different women.
9) Black snuff box with daguerreotype, ca. 1850
10) Calling card box with daguerreotype, ca. 1854
A mother-of-pearl case, with Baird's Daguerreian calling card.
11) Purse with daguerreotype, 1850
12) Ladies small appointment book with heavily tinted daguerreotype of young
Mother of Pearl cover, back and spine.
13) Lady’s "cosmetics" box with daguerreotype of young gentleman, 1851
Inscribed inside: "This picture was taken for Miss Almira Burrows of
Providence, R.I. in 1851."
13a) Illustration of items 7 through 13
Illustration of items 7 through 13 showing the comparative size to these objects.
14) Making daguerreian lockets, ca. 1852
Sixth-plate portrait of a man inserting daguerreotypes into lockets. On the table
is an open locket awaiting its image.
15) Bogardus cardboard box with new case, ca. 1853
Abraham Bogardus’s New York studio catered to the "carriage trade." Many
cased daguerreotypes were put in fancy cardboard boxes, or—in today’s
terminology—"gift wrapped." A red ribbon probably completed the
16) Stull stereo case with Patriotic design, patented 1855
A vintage piece of Americana: a butterfly hinged stereo viewing case made by
John Stull of Philadelphia.
17) Mascher stereo thermoplastic case, The Memorial design, ca. 1853 (See Thumbnail #16)
Case designed by S. Peck and Co., of New Haven. John Mascher of Philadelphia invented a flip-up lid stereo viewer with two eyepieces that could be placed in any daguerreian case. When the stereo craze swept America in the mid-1850s, he held a near-monopoly on the manufacture of viewers in cases.
18) Two daguerreotypes of James Ford, ca. 1851 and 1854
An original sixth-plate portrait of James Ford, the noted San Francisco
daguerreotypist, and a reversed copy of the same, probably made about three
years later. Many copy daguerreotypes were made in this period. They are often
difficult to tell from originals, unless a direct comparison can be made.