June 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Sixth Plate Ambrotype of an American Indian, Possibly "Young Chopine"

Sixth plate ambrotype featuring a likely Miami Indian, possibly "Young Chopine," or "pe-cong-gah." Subject wears a federal officer's frock coat with cockade. Label adhered to plate reads, "Shappeen / [indecipherable]." Housed in a full case, fully separated at spine.

In Jacob Piatt Dunn's True Indian Stories: With Glossary of Indiana Indian Names, he writes, "CHOPINE—Two Indian reservations, one in Whitley County and one in Allen County. The name varies to Chappene, Shappeen. It is a French nickname, properly Chopine, meaning a pint measure, that was applied to two Miamis. Old Chopine was Mă-kwah´-kyah, or 'Beaver Head.' Young Chopine was Pē-cŏng´-gah, or 'Striking.'"


Image rather clear and striking, though plate is missing lower right corner below label. Case fully separated at spine. 

Resealed July of 2017, Exteter, NH. "Period tin backer added. / replaced cracked rose glass / which may or may not have been original." Resealed May 2019.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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