Civil War Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Early Double-Armed Volunteer

A standout clear plate ambrotype of an unidentified young dandy armed with a Sheffield-type belt knife and holstered pistol. Under a thick head of coiffed hair, his facial expression is timeless, accentuated by the peach fuzz sprouting on the upper lip. The familiar rectangular belt plate is a Federal spread-wing eagle and not state pattern. The collarless civilian garment appears to be of a loomed material with distinct woven vertical lines and horned or bone buttons.

Condition:The plate shows numerous hairline scratches with minor abrasions around the mat line. Clarity is strong but not crystal clear, near VG. Housed in a heavily worn composition case ready to separate.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200


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