June 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Occupational Half Plate Ambrotype of Photographer Posed with his Daguerreotype Camera

Cuttings Patent half plate ambrotype of a photographer with his half plate Lewis-style daguerreotype camera. The photographer poses with his arm around the principle instrument of his trade, which is prominently displayed on the cloth-draped table beside him. A sharp image that captures the subject's fingernails, blackened from the silver-nitrate stains typical of wet-plate photographers. In his opposite hand, the subject holds a cigar. Housed in full, split leather case. 

Provenance: Ex. Robert W. Lisle History of Photography Collection; previously sold in these rooms, December 5, 1998, Robert W. Lisle History of Photography Collection Auction, Lot 75; consigned by a private collector.


Few floral-like embolisms formed between two sandwiched pieces of glass giving the emulsion a wrinkled appearance when held at a certain angle. This does not detract from the clearness and clarity of the image. Housed in very fine leather case separated at hinge. 

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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