Four Double Ninth Plate Union Cases Containing Portraits of Men, Women, and Children [Berg 1-48/1-49, 1-49/3-49, 3-50, 3-51/1-48]

Features two versions of A Family Party (black and brown cases), two renderings of Children Playing with Toys, and several Geometric designs, including a "Rare" example [3-50], as classified in Berg. Cases contain fourteen ninth plate portraits of men, women, and children, presumably family members.

Provenance:Paul K. Berg Collection of Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames


1-48/1-49: light surface wear including minor chips and small crack along top edge of front cover.

1-49/3-49: areas of repair at spine with wear to corners, surface soil, and small cracks near top clasp.

3-50: possible areas of repair to both covers and hinges and clasps, with wear/chipping to edges and corners.

3-51/1-48: light wear with minor surface blemishes present on back cover.

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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