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Lot 1

Spectacular, slightly undersized British sixth-plate daguerreotype (2 3/8” x 3”) of a young sleeping child being held by her Indian nanny.  We assume the child is sleeping but this could be a postmortem, which would make this an extremely rare and possibly one-of-a-kind image considering the subject matter.  There is no identification on the case so this plate could have been done in either England or in India.  However, with the plain simple paper mat we feel this was likely photographed in India.  In either scenario, we can see the woman cares deeply for her charge as she clutches both of the child’s hands tightly.  The baby is peacefully dressed in what may well be a christening outfit.  The woman wears a beautiful print shawl over a simple white dress along with a gold-gilded necklace, ring and earrings.  Her hair has been meticulously styled with a braid at the top.  The plate is in excellent-minus condition with nice tones and contrast along with lovely tinted flesh tones.  There are a few spots, with some being small spider-type spots of tiny debris that could possibly be soaked off the plate with a distilled water rinse.  At an angle we see a couple light buffing lines.  The plate has been resealed and it is housed in a full-leather British-style case.  A very desirable piece that doesn’t come on the market often and would enhance any collection.           


opening bid: $1,300

current bid $1,300


Lot 2

Very rare monocular Mascher case holding a sixth-plate daguerreotype of a distinguished gentleman.  He is posed proud and upright with his arm resting on the table.  The image is in very good plus condition with strong tones and contrast along with light tinting to the man’s face.  There is a band of perimeter tarnish and a few scattered small spots.  The viewer works perfectly and the case is in excellent minus condition with a professionally repaired hinge.   From an older, consigned collection.

opening bid: $250

current bid: $


Lot 3

Celebrity daguerreotypes are becoming exceedingly scarce on the market so it’s our pleasure to offer this sixth-plate of Jenny Lind from an older consignment collection.  Jenny Lind was, of course, the famous Swedish opera singer who was often referred to as the “Swedish Nightingale.”  She was regarded as one of the great voices of her time and came to America in 1850 at the request of P.T. Barnum.  After performing in America for two years she returned to Europe.  The image is in very good condition and it appears to possibly be a copy plate as we see what might be a hint of a brass mat in the image on the bottom left corner. With the period identification under the glass it seems to have formed a lighter tarnish pattern along the bottom border so it is a little deceiving in its appearance.  Most of the spots appear to be on the underside of the plate and there is one spot as seen just to the right of her face. The image has an older seal intact.  An added bonus is it is also housed in a black Jenny Lind case (Berg 4-51) with the hinge intact and has some light wear as seen.  Don’t miss the opportunity to add a celebrity to your collection!

opening bid: $950

current bid: $1,700


Lot 4

Sharp sixth-plate daguerreotype of a gentleman by Jaquith, 98, B.Way as identified by a brass mat stamp.  According to Craig’s Registry, Nathaniel C. Jaquith, (also spelled Jacquith), was listed at this address in New York from 1849-57.  Dressed in formal, attire the sitter stares straight at the camera with a soulful look in his eyes.  In fact it is somewhat unnerving when viewing as the sitter seems to be staring back at you!  The image is in excellent condition with great tones and contrast.  There are a couple of small spots as seen in the scan.  The image had old seals intact and we have resealed it with a new glass.  It is housed in a lovely full leather case. 


opening bid: $75

current bid: $75


Lot 5

We have sold a number of pieces of daguerreian jewelry over the years but this surely ranks as one of our favorites.  This extraordinary example of hair jewelry features a small daguerreotype of a young girl.  The strawberry blonde hair has been designed as a ribbon with an exquisite heart-shaped pattern cascading directly below the portrait.   The image of the girl is also fascinating because she is either wearing a fabulous Tudor style headdress or she is sitting in an elaborate chair that frames her head in this most unusual way.  Unfortunately, it is hard to determine as the image is so small. The piece is in very good minus condition with the bottom right side of the ribbon portion frayed although still attached by a few hairs. The heart has some fraying on the back too.  These certainly could be repaired if desired.  The image has some tarnish as seen along with a few spots.  

opening bid: $250

current bid $900


Lot 6


Treasured sixth-plate hand-tinted daguerreotype of a gorgeous young woman by Powers, as identified by a brass mat stamp.  Unfortunately there are a number of Powers listed in Craig’s Registry so a definitive identification is out of the question.  However, this needs no providence as it certainly is strong enough to stand on its own.  The sitter’s hair has been perfectly styled in ringlets and is highlighted by her lovely bonnet which is lined with red flowers.  She wears a large white bow around her neck with cross styled earrings, a silver necklace and a gold broach.  Her wrists are adorned with large blue and red bows along with two hair bracelets and a third gold bracelet.  This was certainly a young woman of means.  The image is in very good plus condition with strong tones and contrast along with beautiful hand tinting.  There are some mat marks on the perimeter as seen along with a few small spots.  The image has been resealed with a new glass and it is housed in a full leather case.  From an older, consigned collection.


opening bid: $275

current bid: $700

 


Lot 7

Exceptional quarter-plate daguerreotype of a ruggedly handsome gentleman by S. H. Walker, as identified by a brass mat stamp.  According to Craig’s Registry, Sheldon H. Walker practiced in Holyoke, MA.  Dressed in a perfectly styled formal suit the sitter has a glint in his eyes with an air of extreme confidence, despite the slight hint of consternation in his expression.  Perhaps he is just a complicated person.  He appears to be a man of stature and is sporting a well-groomed beard along with a full head of thick, dark, wavy hair. The image is in excellent condition with great tones and contrast.  There is light tinting to the man’s face.  The daguerreotype had old seals tightly intact and we have resealed it with a new glass.  It is housed in a full case.


opening bid: $120

current bid: $

 


Lot 8

Divine sixth-plate daguerreotype of two adorable siblings by Anson, 589 Broadway, as identified with a brass mat stamp.  According to Craig’s Registry, Rufus P. Anson was listed at this address from 1853 until the end of the search.   Anson truly has captured a heartwarming portrait here as the older sister is seen with her arm around her little brother.  The boy is beyond precious and his pose would make any parent or grandparent proud!  He glances down with an “I’m so cute” expression along with the playful, tough guy act of sticking his thumb in his pants.  Not to be outdone, his sister is quite the charmer herself in her gorgeous white layered dress and hair styled in lovely long ringlets.  This is one of the most delightful images of children we have seen in quite some time!  The daguerreotype is in excellent minus condition with hand-tinting to their faces and lips along with some gold gilding to the girl’s necklace and locket.  There are a few small spots as seen.  We have resealed the image with a new glass and it is housed in a full leather case.  From an older, consigned collection. 


opening bid: $350

current bid: $360

 


Lot 9

Impressive quarter plate-daguerreotype of an intense gentleman deep in thought.  Posed sideways in his chair, he seems to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders.  We would love to know what he is thinking.  He is dressed in a delightfully stylish outfit that is quite different than the formal black jacket, vest and pants we normally see.  We admire his bold fashion choice of the white vest and lighter wool pants.  This sharp image is in very good plus condition with gorgeous tones and contrast.  There are a few scattered spider spots along with some tarnish spots seen on his vest.  We have resealed the plate with a new glass and it is housed in a full leather case with a gorgeous vibrant green velvet pad on the inside.  This is one cool image that everyone can enjoy! 


opening bid: $250

current bid: $

 


Lot 10

Charming sixth-plate daguerreotype of three siblings by E. Codding, as identified by a brass mat stamp.  According to Craig’s Registry, Edgar Codding operated in Galesburg, IL.  In this image, the older boy is sporting a star on his shirt so he is obviously the sheriff of the family!  He holds his arm around his brother, seated in a high chair, who takes center stage.  The youngest wears a delightful outfit with an extremely long shirt belted at the waist and a pair of jailhouse-striped pants.  Maybe he is truly the trouble-maker that the sheriff has to keep inline.  Their sister, on the far left, wears a lovely off-the shoulder black dress and is likely the angel of the family.  The image is in very good plus condition.  There are hints of a couple small mat marks as seen and a little heavier tarnish on the bottom corners.  The image has been resealed with a new glass and is housed in half of a case. 


opening bid: $100

current bid: $100

 


Lot 11

Splendid sixth-plate daguerreotype of a proud Mason.  Posed in front of a crisp white sheet this image was most likely done by an itinerant photographer.  He is trying to look distinguished but we can’t help but notice a hint of a smile trying to escape.  The photographer’s skylight seems to be directly overhead as the whites of his shirt are bathed in light.  This also makes this simple sheet backdrop even more enjoyable.  The image is in very good condition with nice tones and contrast.  There are a few spots and light lines that are most likely from light moisture inside the glass at one time.  It has been resealed and is housed in half of a case.  From an older, consigned collection.  


opening bid: $150

current bid: $150

 


Lot 12

Dazzling ninth-plate daguerreotype of one cool customer.  With his hat perched sideways and chomping on his stogie he exudes an attitude that would surely serve him well in a card game or a bar.  His semi-freckled face and warm wool coat might indicate that he is a man of the outdoors.  We also scanned the image without the mat because we noticed a title on the book.  Unfortunately as seen in the scan you can only read the word Pictorial although we are sure this is a clue that could be deciphered.  The image is in very good condition with a few small light mat marks.  It appears to have been cleaned in the past and we have resealed it with a new glass.  It is housed in half of a case.  From an older, consigned collection. 


opening bid: $75

current bid: $105

 


Lot 13

Dramatic quarter-plate daguerreotype of a gold miner.  We have to say that despite the stylish jacket he wears over his miner shirt, this guy appears to be a badass to say the least.   The look in his eyes would scare most men let alone his tall stature and rugged looks.  He holds a small book on the table next to him and we are curious about why he wears his jacket wide open.  It reminds us of the old gunfighters when they would desire easy access to their weapons at all times, although none is visible here.  We see what appears to be a large handkerchief in his vest pocket and he is proudly displaying his belt buckle,  which appears identical to the one in image 14 (owned by Carl Mautz) on page 90 in the book Silver & Gold, by Drew Heath Johnson & Marcia Eymann.  Also in the same publication on page 40 is a whole plate owned by the California Historical Society and the gentleman in the back row on the left has a similar appearance to the man in this image.  This sharp plate is in outstanding condition with rich tones and contrast.  There is subtle hand tinting to the man’s face and his hands.  The tablecloth has also been tinted red.  While there is no identification we have a feeling that this was done by one of the more experienced daguerreotypist of the region and is reminiscent of a Vance.  It is housed in a red velvet locking-book- style case.  The image had an old seal tightly intact and we have resealed it with a new glass.  The case has some wear as seen but does still latch.  Don’t miss out on a stellar image that would complement any collection!


opening bid: $1,100

current bid: $2,600

 


Lot 14

Marvelous quarter-plate, framed French daguerreotype of a mother and her son.  The attractive young mother tenderly holds her arm around her child.   The boy is adorable, with his hair styled in spit curls and wearing an off-the-shoulder top with lace highlights on the sleeves and a belt cinched at his waist.  The woman has a soulful look but we also see a lack of sleep present in her eyes.  The plate itself is in excellent condition with lovely tones and contrast.  The frame has had a repair or two but presents very nicely.  This certainly displays beautifully on the wall.  We opened the back and resealed the image for proper security.  We apologize for the lack of quality of the digital image of the daguerreotype with the frame but the scan represents the plate’s tonal quality and contrast.     


opening bid: $600

current bid: $

 


Lot 15

We like to refer to this sixth-plate daguerreotype as an Anson trifecta!  The velvet mat is marked, along with the brass mat and then of course the plate mark is Anson, P40.  This was Rufus P. Anson who according to Craig’s Registry was active in NYC from 1852-60. The sitter casually leans on the table in a relaxed manner.  He is dressed in a typical suit with an interesting striped tie.  There is also some light tinting to the man’s face.  The image is in excellent condition with very nice tones and contrast.  It has been resealed with a new glass and is housed in a geometric union case (Berg 3-98) that has some damage to the top left front corner area as seen.  From an older, consigned collection.


opening bid: $75

current bid: $75

 


Lot 16

Stellar sixth-plate daguerreotype copy of a folk art painting by Dr. W. Barr, Skylight Gallery, Harrisburg, PA, as identified by a velvet mat stamp.  According to Craig’s Registry, Dr. W. Barr was active in Harrisburg from 1850-52. This delightful painting shows a woman dressed in a traditionally conservative outfit with a white bonnet and a heavy wrap around her dress.  Certainly she wanted her portrait painted in a most distinguished manner.  Unfortunately there is no artist signature visible on the image but if anyone would have any information please let us know.  The image is in very good plus condition with nice tones and contrast.  There are a few spots which are mostly seen at an angle.  There is a note on the modern seals that states it had the original seal and it was removed and a new glass was added in 2003.  The old seals are behind the image.  It is house in a full leather case. 


opening bid: $150

current bid: $150

 

 


Lot 17

Vibrant sixth-plate daguerreotype of a handsome young man.   Posed with a side glance he certainly has a devilish look about those eyes!  He is dressed in formal attire with a nice crisp high collar that partially hides his goatee.  The image is in very good plus condition with strong tones and contrast.  We simple love the way the tarnish has framed this portrait.  There are a few light buffing lines mostly seen at an angle and a few extremely light mat marks.  We have resealed the image with a new glass and it is housed in half of a case.


opening bid: $60

current bid: $

 


Lot 18

Sharp ninth-plate daguerreotype of a woman by S. Broadbent, as identified with a brass mat stamp.  Of course this is Samuel Broadbent and according to Craig’s Registry he reportedly learned the process from Samuel Morse who he was associated with in a studio in NYC until 1841.  Broadbent worked in numerous locations over the years and he was certainly one of the more artistic operators in the country.  The woman wears a traditional but delicate white lace bonnet and wired-rimmed glasses.  Please also note the detail in this small plate is fabulous, right down to the hint of freckles on her face.  The image is in excellent condition with very nice tones and contrast along with hand tinting to the woman’s face and lips.  The plate had old seals intact and we have resealed it with a new glass.  It is housed in a full plain black leather case.  From an older collection we are selling. 


opening bid: $55

current bid: $65

 


Lot 19

 


Entertaining sixth-plate identified daguerreotype of a gentleman.  Enclosed is a slightly later period note in pen that reads, “Nathaniel Reeves your Great Uncle who inherited your clock.  Grandmother’s favorite brother who died a drunkard.”  In this particular portrait Nathaniel is posed in stately manner, well-groomed and formally dressed.  He obviously had a much harder life to come.  The image is in very good condition.  We did an extremely light electrolytic cleaning to remove some overall tarnish.  There are a few light buffing marks seen at an angle and the contrast could be slightly stronger.   The image had an old seal loosely intact and we have resealed it with a new glass.  It is housed in a full Boston style black pushbutton case.  From an older collection we are selling. 


opening bid: $60

current bid: $85

 


Lot 20

 


Detailed sixth-plate daguerreotype of a handsome playboy.  Dressed in fashionable attire with his own special twist of an open vest, this young man is quite dreamy.  His full head of wavy hair and bedroom eyes surely attracted suitors everywhere!  The image is quite sharp to say the least as you can even notice some small acne-type bumps on his face.  The tones and contrast are strong with a subtle hint of tinting.  There are some light scratches as seen and either a light brush mark or hint of a fingerprint on the top right corner.  It displays nicely when viewing straightforward and the area by the man’s lapel is more pronounced in the scan than in person.  We have resealed it with a new glass and it resides in a half of a case.  Despites its few flaws this is certainly one beautiful example of the daguerreian process. 


opening bid: $65

current bid: $65

 

Lot 21

 


While not a daguerreotype we felt it appropriate to list this image in this section since it is identified behind the photograph as being taken in New York on Oct 5th, 1855 by Gurney & Fredricks Premium Gallery for A.C. Johnson.There is full identification on the back of the image as Asahil C. Johnson.  This appears to be a salt print and it is an oval photo on a white mount.  It has been sized precisely to the brass mat opening.  It is also housed in a rare, quarter-plate Halverson case (Fruit Bowl, Berg 6-139).  The salt print is excellent minus condition with one spot on the left perimeter.  The case is in very good condition with a little wear to the leather and some discoloration as typical on the metal.  The brown color of the leather is strong with a gloss appearance.  A case not often seen in this size and a most unusual package that would be hard to find on the market. 


opening bid: $100

current bid: $235

 



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