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Today we are excited to offer for sale a wonderful, remarkably crisp and large (1/2 plate) antique 19th century Victorian framed ambrotype with leather case! The ambrotype (from Ancient Greek: ἀμβροτός — “immortal”, and τύπος — “impression”) or amphitype, also known as a collodion positive in the UK, is a positive photograph on glass made by a variant of the wet plate collodion process. Like a print on paper, it is viewed by reflected light. Like the daguerreotype, which it replaced, and like the prints produced by a Polaroid camera, each is a unique original that could only be duplicated by using a camera to copy it. The ambrotype was introduced in the 1850s. During the 1860s it was superseded by the tintype, a similar photograph on thin black-lacquered iron. This fabulous large half-plate ambrotype dates from 1858 and depicts a group of six young people, four young ladies and two young men. The young women and men at either end are most likely couples and engaged or married, as the young women are gently touching the men’s shoulders. The two young women sitting in the middle are most likely single. The people are all wearing fine clothing, possibly their Sunday church outfits; the women are also wearing Victorian jewelry, some of which appears to be mourning jewelry (perhaps this ambrotype was taken at a funeral). The ambrotype was taken outside as vegetation and a fence are visible in the background. The ambrotype is encased in an ornate ormolu frame with an accompanying leather-bound presentation case. The case features tooled leather with an ornate pattern and a grape bunch center medallion motif. The inside front page of the cover is covered in brocade red velvet. The item presents beautifully. Ambrotype is in excellent antique condition, with very minimal wear and patina commensurate with age. Brass Ormolu frame is in very good antique condition, with very minimal wear and oxidation from age. Leather display case is in fair antique condition, with wear and patina commensurate with age. There is cracking and loss to tooled leather finish. Leather case is as-is. This is truly a wonderful opportunity to own an authentic period Victorian ambrotype of exquisite quality and condition. This piece will make a very fine addition to any ambrotype collection…Fresh to the market!
Dimensions of ambrotype: 5-5/8″ in length, 4-3/8″ in height, and 1/4″ in depth Dimensions of leather case: 4-3/4″ in width, 6-1/8″ in length, and 5/8″ in depth
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