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Tintype of Sergeant Thomas Polk, Fort Sill, Indian Territory, circa 1885

Tintype studio portrait of four men, one identified as Sargent Thomas Polk of the 9th Cavalry. Uncredited: [Fort Sill, Indian Territory], n.d., circa 1885. With original paper frame, now separated from the tintype with ink inscriptions. Verso reads: "Sergent Thomas Polk. Troop / C. 9 Ud. Cavalry. Fort. Sill. / I.T." Recto reads: "Back Row Left / Wm. Tull, John Polk / Front Left / J. C. B...[illegible]." Four young men are pictured with two seated on stools with the others standing behind them, one with his hands on his friend's shoulders. 

Thomas Polk is listed as a "recruit" with Co. C of the 9th Cavalry in March 1882 at Fort Sill, Indian Territory and shows up in records as late as a return from Fort Leavenworth on Sept. 5, 1892, with the same company. Notably, he returned to Fort Sill, now listed as a sergeant on the returns dated January 6, 1885. This image with three companions, one possibly his brother John, was likely taken at this time. 

Condition:

Tintype - corners clipped, a small hole above the subjects (likely for a former mounting), small spot.

Paper frame - missing a large portion of the upper recto, with ink stains, chips, and creases. Residue from a previous repair. 

Starting Price: $1,000
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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