W.W. Briggs, 36th Massachusetts Infantry, DOD Andersonville, Tintype Locket

Engraved gold-filled locket in hunting case watch form containing two tintypes, each 1.625 in. diameter, including a portrait of a mustached soldier in uniform complete with kepi, and a portrait of a young woman, possibly his sweetheart or wife. The subjects' buttons and jewelry are highlighted in gold and their cheeks are lightly tinted pink. Front of case inscribed, "W.W. Briggs," and back inscribed "Co. H 36 Ms. Inf."

The locket is identified to Waldo W. Briggs, the Union private depicted in the enclosed tintype. Leaving home in Orange, MA, to enlist as a private in Co. H of the 36th Massachusetts Infantry in August 1862, Briggs survived barely eighteen months before he was taken prisoner at an unknown time and place and subsequently died of disease at Andersonville Prison on May 10, 1864. Briggs was laid to rest at Andersonville National Cemetery. 


Images a bit dark, but contrast remains very good. Images not examined outside locket. Some surface wear to locket. 

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

Internet Bidding

Have a Similar Item?

Consign With Us

Let Cowan's Handle Your Shipping!

 Cowan's Auctions is one of the only houses to offer full service, in-house shipping.  
Our experts pack and ship over 5,000 purchases each year.  
Shipping costs are included on every invoice to make getting your items as fast and easy as possible. 
For more information, click HERE or contact shipping@cowans.com