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1850s moody Victorian young man in Union case.

Private Collection

1860s tintype of young moody man. Private Collection

Excuse the somewhat terrible iPhone photo. The actual tintype looks so much better. The case has a lovely leather backing and measures 3″ 1/4 by 3″ 1/2. The picture is very sharp and this photo doesn’t do it justice; there is no shadow to the left and it misses out on all the lovely details of the hat, bow and brocade waistcoat.

This young sitter has a very moody expression and almost looks disdainful -something that is more easily seen with the naked eye. The hat with the side flaps is interesting. He’s wearing a large bowtie worn over the coat. This was most likely taken anywhere between the mid 1850s and 1860s.

Definitely a favorite of the period. This one came from an antique dealer in Alabama.

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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