Thermoplastic Frame by Littlefield & Parsons with daguerreotype portrait of man identified as Col. John Boardman Mead of the 8th Vermont Infantry. Mead joined the regiment in January of 1862 as a 2nd Lieutenant. The regiment was posted to Louisiana where Mead was taken prisoner on September 4, 1862, and paroled on November 13 of that year. He was promoted 1st Lieutenant and then Captain in the spring of 1863, during which time the regiment participated in the assault on and siege of Port Hudson, suffering heavy casualties in several attacks. In 1864 the regiment joined the Army of the Shenandoah and in short order fought in battles at Winchester, Opequon, Fisher’s Hill, and Cedar Creek where Mead, now a Major, was wounded, but soon recovered. He was subsequently promoted Colonel of the regiment. The regiment was involved in several large skirmishes, and was active in the pursuit of rebel Colonel Mosby and his guerrillas. The image shows Mead in some kind of uniform, possibly fraternal, as it has a row of black buttons. The frame is very fine, with a gold matte and is in excellent condition. The image is 2 ¾ by 3 ¼ inches. The frame is 4 3/8 by 4 7/8 inches. There is a known painted portrait of Col. Mead, but this may be the earliest photographic portrait.
Scarce Union case of a cherubic boy in a stylized tree with a tankard of something alcoholic. He is holding a scythe in his other hand, and there is a farm yard behind. The daguerreotype within is an exceptional portrait of a fierce looking older man with a cane, glring into the lens. He is dressed in all black, including his shirt, so it is likely that he is in mourning. The case has a barely noticeable crack running across one side, but the identical back is perfect. The image is excellent. Image size is 2 ½ by 3 inches.
Charming thermoplastic small framed daguerreotype portrait of a husband and wife. The wife is shown leaning on her husband’s shoulder in an oval matte. The frame is excellent. The image is 2 3/8 by 1 ¾ inches. The frame is 3 ¾ by 3 3/8 inches.
Thermoplastic “mother and child” Union case with daguerreotype portrait of young woman in high pearl choker. The case has the mother and child design on the front, and the complementary back has stars and an interesting cross design. The hinges are missing, but the case is otherwise excellent, with no damage. The image is 2 5/8 by 3 ¼ inches. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $30.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.
The cases are generally excellent with the crack in one and lack of hinges as described. The images are somewhat faded in two cases. The older man and Col. Mead are quite clear. 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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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 the Terms and Conditions. This auction has a buyer's premium of 21%. Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards.
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