Quarter Plate Ambrotype of Private John Fehr, 77th Pennsylvania Volunteers

Quarter plate ambrotype featuring Private John Fehr, wearing his uniform and reclining on his knapsack, with an 1861 Springfield rifle resting alongside him. Subject identified (with alternate spellings including "Feehr") in pencil behind image. Paper included behind image bears pencil inscription, which reads, "Mrs W. Adam Myres / Strausstown Pa / 1 1/4 mi from Strausstown / near Boltz / [indecipherable] / 298." Housed in sixth plate leatherette Union case. 

John A. Fehr enlisted as a private in January of 1865, mustering into Company K of the 77th Pennsylvania Infantry. He served in that capacity for less than a year, being discharged in August.


Ambrotype with wear/scratches/crackling to plate and large area of somewhat yellow discoloration above reclining soldier. Case with heavy wear, including some loss to velvet pad and outer finish. Inscribed paper fully separated from back of image, though one small fragment remains adhered.  

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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