Civil War CDV Album Containing Images of Soldiers, Some Identified, Incl. Private Orin C. Tiffany, 187th PA, KIA Petersburg

Leather album produced by Leavitt & Allen, New York, 5.25 x 6.75 in., with gilt initials "S.J.W." on the cover, containing 30 CDVs and CDV-sized tintypes, most of unidentified men, women, and children, with imprints of photographers operating studios in Maine, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.

The album features 5 CDVs of soldiers in uniform, with at least 2 of the soldiers identified, including: Shoulder-length portrait of Orin C. Tiffany, as identified on mount verso, with imprint of Brown, Easton, PA. A second CDV featuring a full-standing view of who appears to also be Tiffany (although subject is unidentified) armed with a rifle bayonet is also included. Tiffany enlisted as a private at the age of 21 and was mustered into Co. G of the 187th PA Infantry in April 1864, but was killed two months later on June 18, 1864 at Petersburg, VA.

Shoulder-length portrait of a young captain lightly signed in pencil below portrait, "Your Friend, J. Howley." HDS lists a James Howley from Scranton, PA, who enlisted as a sergeant in April 1861 and mustered into Co. E of the 8th PA Infantry, mustering out in July 1861 at Harrisburg, PA. No further records are available, so this identification cannot be confirmed. 

Additional military cartes include a portrait of a bearded soldier wearing a IX Corps, 1st Division badge, seated beside a table upon which his military cap rests, with blindstamp of M.G. Trask, Bangor, ME; and an uncredited view of a first sergeant seated in a studio setting. 

Other highlights include a tintype of a four-piece band comprised of two men and two women, each holding a brass instrument; a tintype of four young women, one wearing a white sash; and a tintype of two precocious looking young boys, possibly twins. 


Light to moderate toning to CDVs. Some with light spotting. Light corner and edge wear to mounts. Not all CDVs examined outside of album. Corner and edge wear to album covers, with some areas of minor loss/scuffing. 

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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