Sixth Plate Tintype and Ruby Ambrotype of Major and Mrs. John S. Platner, 33rd N.Y.S.V.

Pair of sixth plate cased images, one tintype and one ruby ambrotype, housed in the same full pressed paper case, with "Major and Mrs. / John S. Platner / late of the / 33rd N.Y.S.V. / Geneva NY" written on paper label. The tintype presents a bearded man, presumably Platner, in a dark suit and bow tie, possibly with a ribbon or medal around his neck, while Mrs. Platner appears before an outdoor studio backdrop, clad in a stylish polka dot dress with a latticework shawl and adornments in her hair and at her wrists. 

John Strong Platner (1837-1868) of Clyde, NY enlisted as a captain on May 1, 1861 at the age of 24. He was commissioned into Company H, 33rd New York Infantry, a two-year regiment that fought at Seven Days, Antietam, and Fredericksburg, with a small detachment at Gettysburg. On September 22, 1863, Platner was commissioned into Field and Staff, 1st New York Cavalry, where he ultimately attained the rank of Brigadier-General by brevet in March of 1865. Platner survived the war and married Anna Louise Wright Platner (1842-1925), the subject of the ruby ambrotype, in 1868. Unhappily, their marriage was short-lived: John Platner died in early December of that same year at the couple's home in Geneva, NY.

Estimate: $100 - $150
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