Cowan's Auctions is pleased to present the largest and most comprehensive collection of nineteenth century cases as assembled by Paul K. Berg, author of the definitive volume on daguerreotype, ambrotype, and tintype cases, Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames. Part I features a remarkable selection of thermoplastic, leather, papier-mâché, mother of pearl, and tortoise shell cases, among other materials, each of which is referenced and illustrated in Berg's seminal guide. This first installment also includes many fine examples of early photography, ranging from postmortem and Civil War portraiture to outdoor scenery. 

Auction Launches
Thursday, January 31, 2019 

Auction Begins Closing
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm ET (extended bidding available) 


Timed Auction
Special Collections items are available for absentee bidding only. You can browse the catalog and place bids at any time.

Absentee Bidding
This platform operates using the "proxibid" method - you may place a high bid and the system will bid on your behalf up to that limit.

5-Minute Closing Rule
Starting at 12:00 PM (Noon) on the Final Date, all lots will close starting with lot #1. There will be a 1 minute period between each item until all items close.

Extended Bidding
Any bids placed within 5 minutes of the closing time will extend bidding by another 15 minutes. This rule will apply continuously until no bids are placed within the 5 minute period.

Email Notification
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-when you are outbid on any lot
-at the close of the auction if you are the high bidder

End of the Auction
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There will be a Buyer's Premium charge of 20% added to the final price of each item sold in this auction.