A quarter plate daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman wearing a large checked cravat, a pinkie ring, and a coat with brass buttons. The matte is stamped “Hawkins.” This is pioneering photographer Ezekiel C. Hawkins (1808-1862) of Cincinnati, noted both as photographer and abolitionist. The image is faded, and the image, matte, and glass are all loose in the case. The case is complete, with a velvet pad, and is leatherette. Hawkins’ photography is found in several museums, including in France and Britain.
Daguerreotype portrait of a woman in mourning, wearing a flowered shawl over her black dress. The image is faded but clear, in an oval matte. The image is 3 by 4 ¼ inches. The image is in a fine leather bound book style case.
Daguerreotype portrait of a rakish gentleman in a large pale colored top hat, tilted off to one side. The man is holding a piece of paper. The image is fairly clear, although slightly faded. It is in a leather bound case with metal hinges. This was the first daguerreotype Mr. Buxtun ever purchased. The image is 2 ½ by 3 inches.
A fine occupational daguerreotype portrait of a draftsman or surveyor holding a folio of papers and a compass. The image is faded but clear, and is in a half leatherette case. It is 2 ½ by 3 inches.
A handsome daguerreotype portrait of a young couple, the man identified on a slip of paper as “Dr. Sager.” The woman is attractive, showing her wedding ring. The man has a kind face and is wearing a satin vest under his coat. The image is in a complete leatherette case, and is 2 ¾ by 3 1/8 inches. A very nice image with a little fading, but quite clear. This is almost certainly Dr. Abram Sager, one of the founders of the Medical School at the University of Michigan, and his wife, nee Sarah Dwight.
Daguerreotype portrait of Isreal (sic)M. Hopkins, age 23, holding a shotgun, with a dog at his side. This is Captain Israel M. Hopkins of Rhode Island, born in 1824, died in 1887, who served in the 4th Rhode Island Infantry for a year from 1861-1862. They were attached to General Burnside’s command for his North Carolina expedition, on the way to which they were shipwrecked. They first saw combat in taking Roanoke Island, and then at the Battle of Newbern, where they made a bayonet charge against entrenched Confederates. They then returned to the Army of the Potomac at which time Captain Hopkins resigned his commission. The image is faded and scratched, but still reasonably clear. It is in a half case, and measures 2 ½ by 3 inches.
Portrait daguerreotype of Philo T. Hubbell, born 1806, died 1879. The portrait is a fine own showing Mr. Hubbell at age 45. He is bearded in a fine coat and very large tie. The image is in an octagonal matte in a half case. It measures 2 5/8 by 3 ¼ inches. A very good clear image with a lot of depth.
Excellent daguerreotype portrait of a woman in mourning, wearing an apparently satin dress with white collar nd cuffs. There is a lot of information inside the case, but it is difficult to read, but may identify the woman as Louise Riker. The image is 2 ½ by 3 inches, and is in a complete leatherette case that is slightly warped.
A very fine, sharp and clear daguerreotype portrait of a man in coat and tie, balding, with sideburns. The image is in a complete case that is separating at the hinge. 2 ½ by 3 inches.
Excellent daguerreotype image of a young gentleman, wearing a coat and tie, and looking into the lens with a friendly expression. The image is in a complete case with a separated hinge. The image is 2 ½ by 3 1/8 inches, and was found by Mr. Buxtun in Maine. The case is peeling, but the daguerreotype is excellent. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $30.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.
As described individually. Several are excellent. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups. We do not accept credit cards.
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