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Civil War Era Daguerreotype Children + Woman w/ Mourning Ring Right Hand, Leather Case Shows Man - Sailor Climbing Flagpole ~ 34 Star American Flag
Civil War Era Daguerreotype Children + Woman w/ Mourning Ring Right Hand, Leather Case Shows Man - Sailor Climbing Flagpole ~ 34 Star American Flag
Civil War Era Daguerreotype Children + Woman w/ Mourning Ring Right Hand, Leather Case Shows Man - Sailor Climbing Flagpole ~ 34 Star American Flag
Civil War Era Daguerreotype Children + Woman w/ Mourning Ring Right Hand, Leather Case Shows Man - Sailor Climbing Flagpole ~ 34 Star American Flag
Civil War Era Daguerreotype Children + Woman w/ Mourning Ring Right Hand, Leather Case Shows Man - Sailor Climbing Flagpole ~ 34 Star American Flag

Material:  Case ~ Black Leather & Wood,   Image ~ On Metal Covered w/ Glass

Size:  Case ~ 3 & 5/8 x 3 & 1/8 inches, Image ~ apx. 3 & 1/4 x 2 & 3/4 inches

Quantity:  1

An interesting early daguerreotype photograph of a woman and three children, c. early 1860's.  The woman has a black/dark mourning style ring on her right hand and her left hand is bare, likely indicating that she is a widow, possibly due to the Civil War.  She appears to be wearing a hoop skirt, which is appropriate for the period.

The case, which I believe is wood or similar material, is covered in a thin layer of embossed black leather or possibly paper/fabric.  Case front is decorated with an unusual gold design; a figure of a man, possibly a sailor, is climbing a flagpole. He has something in his hand, maybe a hammer?  The American flag depicted on the flag pole has 34 stars, which indicates a time period in American history of apx 1861 - 1863.  The Civil War began in 1861.

To try and determine exactly what type of image was enclosed I carefully removed it from the case and found that the photo is on some kind of very tarnished metal plate.  Folded around the image is a shiny, embossed gold mat, decorated with flowers and scrolls.  Glass is placed on top of the mat, followed with another narrower, more rosy gold mat, that is decorated with feathers and stars.

Back cover is lined inside with black paper which remains quite firmly adhered, so we did not attempt to remove or disturb.
Front cover holds burgundy velvet, stenciled or cut with a decorative pattern.

Front and back cover have separated from each other, however this is just a cosmetic issue, with no damage to the actual case, just the material covering the wood.  A few threads remain, as if the two sides were attached via some kind of fabric, so I believe it likely that someone who understands the construction could reattach / restore the case.  Otherwise it is in quite good condition, with just some slight edge wear in two small places on front cover; one apx. lower center edge and one lower left.   Both parts of the hook and eye type clasp remain and work well.
The dag itself appears to be in quite good condition.  When I took photographs of this item I had not yet removed the backing.  When I did, I found a great deal of lint/fuzz stuck to the glass that covers the dag, so I carefully wiped free as much as I could dislodge with a dry cloth, however I did not touch the image.  The glass still looks somewhat smudged and dirty, but I will leave further cleaning to someone who knows the appropriate method. Once some of the dust was removed the appearance of the image improved significantly, however I did not retake photos.  You can see some of this dust on the dag in my 2nd &  3rd images, however most of this is gone now and the dag appears crisper and somewhat clearer, however I believe this will improve even more once glass is thoroughly and properly cleaned. I do not see any big spots or blems on the daguerreotype.
Velvet inside front cover remains in quite good condition, free of stains, tears, etc..
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Civil War Era Daguerreotype Children + Woman w/ Mourning Ring Right Hand, Leather Case Shows Man - Sailor Climbing Flagpole ~ 34 Star American Flag

$ 139.00

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