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Ninth-Plate Ambrotype

Vintage Ambrotype

1144608-1

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Ninth-Plate Ambrotype (1855 - 1865), 19th century portrait, vintage Union Case, 2 x 2.5. Developed in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer, ambrotype, or amphitype, hails from the Greek words "immortal" and "impression." These images were impressed on glass through a variant of the wet plate collodion process. They required shorter exposure times than daguerreotypes and were more affordable to manufacture, two factors which contributed to their rise in popularity before the advent of the carte de visite in the early 1860s.

Enclosed within this Union Case is a 19th century portrait of an adorable infant sucking its thumb, bordered by a floral-embellished oval gold frame. The interior of the front cover is lined in purple velvet, and the case is perfectly attached by the small metal hinges. Also features original, still-functioning closure clasp.

In fine condition, with light wear to the case.

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