Antique Victorian daguerreotype photograph in leather case circa.1880

Antique Victorian daguerreotype photograph in leather case circa.1880

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An Antique photo case with an daguerreotype photo of a young man using the daguerreotype technique. Own a piece of history!

This Daguerreotype photo is in nice condition with the picture still presenting well. The case shows wear but is still in good condition - it is bound together with binding tape. The frame inserts and glass are intact. The embossed fabric is still in nice shape as well. The latch is present and in working order.

Please look at the pictures carefully!

Information about the Daguerreotype photo:

The daguerreotype was the first photographic process and was quite a complex process. An invention is attributed to Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. First, a sheet of silver-plated copper needed to be polished to the point where it looked like a mirror. That was treated with fumes to make its surface light-sensitive, so it could be exposed in a camera for as long as was judged to be necessary, depending on the intensity of the light. The resulting latent image could then be made visible by fuming it with mercury vapor and its sensitivity to light was removed by liquid chemical treatment.

The surface of the mirror-like photograph was (and will remain) very delicate, and even the slightest wiping could permanently damage it, so after rinsed and dried, the photograph was sealed behind glass in a protective enclosure.

The most noticeable characteristic of a daguerreotype is the mirror effect. If you skew the photograph in certain angles, you can see how the picture mirrors, and you can even see the ‘negative image’.

Daguerreotypes always come in protective cases, often made of leather and lined with silk or velvet. They are also sometimes protected by so-called ‘Union Cases’: a composite, plastic-like, case made from sawdust and shellac. Exposed to air, the silver plate will tarnish, so it’s pretty common to find signs of tarnishing around the edges of the daguerreotype. And, finally, they’re usually relatively small.

An exposure time of ten minutes was not unheard of in the early days of the process⁠—most daguerreotypes are portraits of sitters trying to sit as still as possible.

It is much fun to collect these types of photos also because not one of them is the same. Have fun!

Our vintage and preloved items have a history of use, wear, or minor defects that will not impact the joy of owning them. It is common to see tool marks, painting and gilding slips, internal and surface bubbles or spots created during the manufacturing processes used in the past. Manufacturing defects are not considered damage or noted in the description. The history and manufacturing of vintage items create the charm and appeal of exquisite vintage treasures that are not in new pristine condition.

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