December 06, 2012 07:00 PM EST Cincinnati


Unusual Quarter Plate Occupational Ambrotype of A Butcher & Son About to Slaughter a Sheep

Quarter plate ambrotype of a mustached man with a young boy, almost certainly a father and his son, posed with a sheep lying on studio floor before them. The father has turned the sheep's face toward the camera while he holds a butcher's knife in his other hand. The young son stands to the side, with one hand on his father's shoulder, the other holding a meat saw. A huge meat cleaver is propped up against the sheep. The boy's pained expression serves as a strong indication that he and his father are moments away from slaughtering the sheep. A striking and unusual occupational ambrotype. Housed in full case. 

Condition:Some tarnish on plate where it meets mat; scattered spotting on mat.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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