This is a wonderful ambrotype of a woman in a Civil War era dress, including a cameo at her neck, lace at her wrists and the typical hairstyle of the times. The ambrotype was done by J.R. Aull of Boston, as evidenced by the stamp on the bottom right corner. The bottom left corner has the Cuttings Patent dates on it of July 4 and 11 of 1854, when Cuttings patented the ambrotype process that he invented. It is behind glass in its original case. It is a 1/6 plate, measuring 2 & 3/4 by 3 & 1/4 inches to the edges of the gold embossed metal around the edges of the plate that is inserted into the case. It is a nice clear image, and you can see so much detail. Condition is good, but the case has wear and the two sides of the case have split apart. The case had some clear tape put on it at some point, plus one of the clasps that would have held it closed is missing. You can, however close the other clasp to keep it shut if you want to. Still, the image is nice and its a great Civil War era example of what woman wore and how they styled their hair during those times. Its also nice to know the artist that did the ambro!
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J.R Aull Artist Ambrotype of Lady in Civil War Era Dress Cuttings Pat Patent 1854 Photo Photograph Photographer
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