Lot of 2 sixth plate melainotypes showing uniformed soldiers also believed to be brothers, standing in a studio setting, each carrying a canteen and armed with a spear point Bowie knife and rifled musket. Housed together in full, double sixth plate thermoplastic Union case with floral/scroll design. Ca 1861.
Purchased from the Bryan Watson Collection of Civil War images and examined by Ron Field, US Military historian and author of American Civil War Confederate Army (Brassey's History of Uniforms). Field explains in correspondence provided by the consignor that the subjects shown in the pair of images may have served with the 4th South Carolina Volunteers, enlisting in either Company F, Tyger Volunteers, or Company G, Saluda Volunteers. Both companies were recruited in Greenville, SC, where the melainotypes were found several years ago. The portraits were possibly taken in Columbia, SC, in 1861.
Both images are in stable condition, clear, with highly visible details. Some light chipping along front and back covers of case.
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