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Mount Vernon Guards, Virginia Militiaman, Ninth Plate Ruby Ambrotype

A portrait of an anonymous young private wearing a triple-breasted frockcoat and forage cap. The buttons have been gilded over, obscuring the details. An old typed tag relates that he is a militiaman from Alexandria, member of the Mount Vernon Guards. The ambrotype was published in Albaugh’s original Confederate Faces, Fig. 12.

Organized in 1842, the Mount Vernon Guards were the senior company of the 175th Regiment (Alexandria County) Virginia Militia. The Guards became Company E., 17th Virginia Infantry in June 1861. The 17th Virginia had a distinguished early war career serving under Longstreet through February 1863 until transferred for service in the Carolina's.

Condition:The plate show scattered abrasions around the mat line and on the subject’s knee, near VG. Clarity is average. Housed in complete composition case.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$240
06/21/2012

 

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