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Collection of 7 Cased Images of Union Defenders

[CIVIL WAR.] Set of 7 images of Civil War soldiers and a civilian in tintype or ambrotype. All are in velvet-lined gutta percha cases with copper accents. Gutta percha is a natural thermoplastic latex produced from the sap of a Malaysian tree. It was introduced to the western world in the middle of the nineteenth century and quickly became useful for making furniture, mourning jewelry, canes, pistol grips, and picture frames like these.

This remarkable collection of images includes the following:

Ambrotype: unidentified standing soldier in kepi, gray overcoat, holding rifle with bayonet, mustache; 3.25ʺ x 3.625ʺ;

Ambrotype: unidentified seated civilian, 3.25ʺ x 3.625ʺ;

Ambrotype: unidentified standing soldier in kepi, uniform coat, holding rifle with bayonet attached, mustache; 3.25ʺ x 3.625ʺ;

Ambrotype: unidentified seated soldier in gray uniform coat, cap, mustache, sideburns; 3.25ʺ x 3.625ʺ; front of case detached from back;

Tintype: unidentified seated soldier in uniform, no cap, beard and mustache, table with floral cloth; 3.25ʺ x 3.625ʺ; front of case detached from back;

Ambrotype: unidentified seated soldier in uniform, with cape, no cap, mustache; 2.5ʺ x 3ʺ; case has fruit motif;

Ambrotype: unidentified seated soldier in uniform, no cap, mustache; 2.5ʺ x 3ʺ; front of case detached from back.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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