1850s Melainotype Gentleman

2" x 2.5". Personal Collection

2″ x 2.5″. Private Collection

I got this one for the copper frame it was in I intended to use for another. The scan of the seller made the subject blurry and I really didn’t know what I was going to get. It was a nice surprise to see the subject is worth keeping the frame for. I delicately took it out for the scan and promptly put it back in.

The inscription on top is the patent for the process: MELAINOTYPE PLATE FOR NEFFS. DAT 19 FEB (18)56.

The melainotype was the precursor of the tintype. It had a thicker plate.

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