Pair of Sixth Plate Daguerreotypes Showing Men in Uniform

Lot of 2 sixth plate daguerreotypes, including a portrait of a seated gentleman that appears to be some rank of junior naval officer, possibly a midshipman based on the three vertical buttons worn on each cuff. The insignia on his cap is difficult to discern. The triple row of braiding seen on just one sleeve cannot be reconciled with either US Navy or Royal Navy regulations as cuff stripes (when called for) were typically worn on both sleeves in both navies. US Navy officers under the 1852 Regulations had three bands of braid around the top of the cap while Royal Navy officers did not wear bands of cap braid. With the exception of the single cuff with braid, all other details suggest that this daguerreotype depicts a US Navy Passed Midshipman. Housed in full pressed paper case separated at hinge. Some tarnish along perimeter of image where plate meets glass. 

Accompanied by sixth plate daguerreotype of a junior officer from one of the German States, possibly Bavaria, posed in uniform with his hand resting on his hip. Housed in full pressed paper case with significant surface wear. Image is very light, with scratches throughout plate. 

Provenance:Property from the Inventory of Rex Stark

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


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