Ninth plate ambrotype of important looking gentleman sitting in chair, hand-colored in gold his tie clip, book edges on which he is resting his left hand, drape pulls…
No case, just image wrapped in metal, nice mat and preserver, slight tarnishes, slight loss of gilding UR.
2-1/16 x 2-9/16 x 1/8”.
The ambrotype 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 During the 1860s it was superseded by the tintype, a similar photograph on thin black-lacquered iron, hard to distinguish from an ambrotype if under glass.
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