Full Plate, Framed Ambrotype of an Armed Militia Officer

Full plate ambrotype housed in gilt wooden frame, 7.5 x 8.75 in. A full-length view of a uniformed soldier sporting a mustache and goatee, standing in a simple studio setting sparsely decorated with a small table and what appears to be a coat rack at left. The officer is shown in a double-breasted frock coat typically worn by militia officers prior to the Civil War, complete with epaulettes and what appears to be a US Pattern 1851 sword belt plate. He poses with his sword in hand, and his dress shako with infantry hunting horn insignia and "D" rests on the table beside him. The subject's cheeks and floral table cloth are lightly tinted pink and red. Ca 1850s. 


Few minor areas of loss to emulsion. Contrast very good. Few scratches on plate. Some wear to frame. Not examined outside of frame. 

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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