Mat reads: "R.H. VANCE SAN FRANCISCO" and "CUTTINGS PAT. JULY 4 & 11, 1854." Robert Vance is considered one of the leading California Gold Rush photographers.

Here we have a wonderful ambrotype of a young man with a stunning vest and a big bow tie.

Housed in an attractive thermoplastic case.

Cutting's patents are listed in American Photographic Patents: The Daguerreoypte & Wet Plate Era 1840 - 1880, by Janice G. Schimmelman:

No. 11,213; Improvement in the preparation of collodion for photographic pictures; James A. Cutting; Boston, MA; July 4, 1854.

No. 11,266; Improvement in compositions for making photographic pictures; James A. Cutting; Boston, MA; July 11, 1854.

No. 11,267; Improvement in photographic pictures on glass; James A. Cutting; Boston, MA: July 11, 1854.


Condition:Ambrotype in very good condition. Case has some repair work.

Estimate: $150 - $300
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