Stern gentleman by Meade Brothers

Great sixth plate daguerreotype of a stern looking gentleman by the well-known Meade Brothers identified with a velvet mat stamp.  While the address on the mat is slightly worn we know according to Craig’s Registry the studio was at 233 Broadway in NY.  Charles and Henry were listed at this address from 1850-58.  Mary Ann their sister also worked at the firm and was quite possibly a camera operator.  Our subject most certainly appears to be a prominent businessman in the city.  He appears quite serious in his demeanor and would certainly be a formidable foe in negotiations.  The image is in very good plus condition with great tones and contrast.  The whites and blacks are as crisp as you will find.  There are some small scattered tarnish spots and a band of perimeter tarnish.  We have resealed the plate with a new glass and it is housed in a full leather case with a birds, floral and fountain design.