There are two double cases, each containing two images. Both are ninth plate size.

This is the same couple twice. These are different poses from the same day, so it's logical to assume that all four ambrotypes are by Vance.

1) Woman. At lower left corner of mat: "R.H. VANCE." There is a light, almost imperceptible, stamp below that. At lower right corner of mat: "CUTTING'S PATENT JULY 4 & 11, 1854." Man. At lower left corner of mat: "R.H. VANCE...FRANCISCO" is visible. At lower right corner of mat: "CUTTING'S PATENT JULY 4 & 11, 1854."

2) Same woman and man.

Robert H. Vance was one of the leading California Gold Rush photographers. He is held in high esteem. Consult Craig's Daguerreian Registry, by John Craig, for more information.


11,213; Improvement in the preparation in collodion for photographic pictures; James A. Cutting; Boston, Ma.; July 4, 1854.

11,266; Improvement in compositions for making photographic pictures; James A. Cutting. Boston, Ma.; July 11, 1854.

11,267; Improvement in photographic pictures on glass; (Reissue No. 384, dated Aug. 12, 1856); James A. Cutting; Boston, Ma; July 11, 1854.

(Source: American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era 1840 - 1880, by Janice G. Schimmelman)

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Condition:All four images are clear with strong tones.

(1) A little bit of spotting to each. Good thermoplastic case. Clasp does not hold. No nicks. (2) Very good condition. When tilted, a little fogginess comes in, but it looks like the glass and not the image. Case has a big chip at lower left corner of the back. Clasp doesn't hold.

Estimate: $200 - $400
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