2019 Benefit Auction Catalog

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The Daguerreian Society 2019 Symposium Benefit Auction

The auction will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at

Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

The silent auction starts approximately 6 pm EDT.
The live auction will begin at 8:30 pm CDT.

CONDITION REPORTS, FOR ABSENTEE BIDDERS ONLY, ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. Contact Greg French at gregfren@comcast.net.

Full auction terms may be found at the end of this catalog.


AUCTION LOTS


Lot 1: DAGUERREOTYPES WITH FLOWERS

Five sixth plate daguerreoypes including 5 women and 1 boy.

1) Older bonneted lady with red flowers off to our left. Split full case.

2) Lady with a smile. Vase of flowers on the table. Amusingly, the angle of the camera makes it look like the table is tilted. Split full case.

3) Seated boy with a vase of big flowers. Split full case.

4) Two women, possibly domestic servants, one with a duster and the other holding flowers with a touch of red. Split full case.

5) Dignified older woman wearing stylish fingerless gloves with a thin vase of hand-colored flowers on the table. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $700 - $1000




 



Lot 2: BOSTON & MASSACHUSETTS: HALE, CHASE & COLLINS

Four sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Boy in embroidered tunic and dress. CHASE stamped on the mat. That would be

Lorenzo Chase of Boston. Split full case.

2) Stunning woman holding a book open. Black label tells us COLLINS WESTFIELD. Split full case.

3) Distinguished gentleman by Luther Holman Hale. Stamped HALE. Full case.

4) Another boy in a dress. This time we recognize Chase's chair. Also stamped CHASE. Full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $750


Lot 3: DADS WITH CHILDREN & A DOG

Half plate daguerreotype and quarter plate daguerreotype.

1) Father with tousled hair has arm around daughter's waist. She wears a hand-colored dress with embroidery. By J.D. DAVIS. According to Craig's Daguerreian Registry, by John Craig, there was a daguerreotypist by that name in New York City and Brooklyn. Split full case.

2) Half plate daguerreotype in wall frame. Father and 2 children, one of which holds a dog.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1000


Lot 4: ELEVEN MALE PORTRAITS FEATURING QUARTER PLATES

5 quarter plate daguerreotypes and 6 sixth plate daguerreotypes. 1 - 5 are quarter plates. 6 - 11 are sixth plate.

1) Debonair man with high white collar and hand suspended on our left side. Split full case.

2) Man facing a bit to our left wearing finery. Full black push-button case.

3) Well-dressed man with a smiling face. Split full case with rail dislodged.

4) Older man with double-breasted undercoat. Full case.

5) Bright well-dressed man with tie and solarized shirt. Split full case.

6) Man magic mirror effect, with lock of hair inside case. Split full case.

7) Man with one hand on his lap and the other on books. Split full case.

8) Man with cane. Drapes upper left. Split full case.

9) Bearded man looking slightly to our left. Full case.

10) Young man with wavy hair. Split full case.

11) Man positioned sideways but looking at the camera. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1100


 


 


Lot 5: HALF PLATE HOUSE WITH DISTINCTIVE TRIMMING

Half plate daguerreotype.

This two story house has some embellishments that tell us someone put some tender loving care into it. Even the rails of the second floor porch have a flair. There's a picket fence and a stone pedestal, with a building out back. Split full case.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $1200 - $3200


Lot 6: BOY WITH A KITE IN AN ARTFUL POSE

Quarter plate daguerreotype.

An artful pose fills the plate with a boy holding a kite. His face is sweet and projects innocence. He wears a stylish hat with hatband. One hand is on his hip and the other is in charge of the kite. Full case.

With Tintype and Carte de Visite (CDV) found with the daguerreotype, and a penciled note pertaining to them.

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $6000 - $9000


Lot 7: EXQUISITELY TINTED PORTRAIT OF A GIRL

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

Unusual pose in that she is facing to our right, but looks away from us to our left. We can readily see the pink flowers in her hair, and the tie with red and blue squares (tinting these must have been difficult). Then there's the purple bow, and the red and blue checked skirt. Look again and the shawl she's wearing is a deep blue. Black push-button case.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $250 - $400

This lot is a GENEROUS DONATION from JERILYN MARSHALL. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this lot benefit The Daguerreian Society.


Lot 8: CAIRO CITY MILLS, ILLINOIS

Two half-plate ambrotypes.

Mr. Dishons and William Standing (a miller) went into business in Cairo, Illinois with Cairo City Mills. They advertised Premium Eagle Flour and won in several categories in local agricultural fairs. Note all the right-reading signage. Split full case on each.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $4000


Lot 9: NINE IN TIME: MIXED GROUP OF PORTRAITS

This lot consists of 9 sixth plate portrait daguerreotypes.

1) Boy holding diary or paper. In attractive big bird on branch case. Split full case.

2) Woman with mesh dress. Lots of jewelry at her neck. Split full case.

 

3) Young lady long dangling earrings. White bow in hair. Interesting dress with split in front. Split full case.

4) Lady holding a fine embroidered purse. Gold earrings and ring, too. Split full case.

5) Young man with hair combed up and double-breasted vest. Split full case.

6) Well-dressed man with a beard. Hand on table clutching something (perhaps numbers or letters). Split full case.

7) Man with sculpted muttonchops. Attractive wide unblemished brass mat. Full case.

8) Stocky well-dressed man. Inside case in pencil: "My father ? ? Stanton New Bedford 1850 Aged 68 years." In Throwing Flowers split full leather case.

9) Young lady with small waist in a straightforward pose. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $500 - $900


Lot 10: HOUSE WITH WHITE PICKET FENCE & TREES

Quarter plate daguerreotype.

A wonderful study in architecture and composition. There are windows where the shutters are open and others where the louvered shutters are closed. The chimneys balance each other. There's a long white picket fence which parallels the road. Up above the bare trees are free-form. One can see trees with leaves in the distance. Split full case.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $4000


Lot 11: STEREOSCOPIC DAGUERREOTYPE OF DAGUERREIAN CAMERAS

This offering is a stereoscopic daguerreotype of two daguerreian cameras, lenses and posing stand. By contemporary daguerreotypist Mike Robinson. Signed in lower right corner of plate with the date "2000." The housing was custom made by Alan Bekhuis.

Mike Robinson’s Recent Exhibitions:

Exposition Daguerre, le Génie de l'image, Villa Daguerre, Bry-sur-Marne, France November 22 - December 9, 2018.
Red Light, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto ON, May 2 - June 29, 2018
Photography in its Birthplace, Fox Talbot Museum, UK, Sept 2017 - January 2018
Mirrors with Memory: Daguerreotypes from Library and Archives Canada National Gallery of Canada, Sept. 2015 - April 2016.

Mike Robinson’s Recently Published Work:

 

Topics in Photographic Preservation 2015   A Twin Paradox: A Study of Preservation and Disfigurement of Southworth and Hawes Daguerreotypes
The Daguerreian Annual, 2014   Sterling C. McIntyre’s Panoramic Views of San Francisco

Mike Robinson's Recent Lectures and Workshops:

Villa Daguerre, Bry-sur-Marne, France, 2018
SMP International Photo Conservation Studio, Genzano di Roma, Italy, 2018
The Museum of Organic Culture, Kolomna, Russia, 2017
Penumbra Foundation, New York, 2016 - 2019
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum 2011 - 2019

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500


Lot 12: HALF PLATE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH LOGGING TOWN

We can see the roofs of sheds and a one room house. There are piles of lumber and a large felled log. There is evidence of a lot of activity in this scene. Full case with tape at spine.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $4000


Lot 13: BROADSIDE ADVERTISING DAGUERREOTYPIST E.S. HAYDEN

This is in a frame that was hanging on the late collector's wall. It advertises: "SPLENDID DAGUERREOTYPE MINIATURES, TAKEN IN EVERY STYLE" by E.S. HAYDEN, who "is now prepared to take LIKENESSES of all who may favor him with a call." Note that the address and the town were left blank, indicating an itinerant daguerreotypist. Also, by "Miniatures," he's referring to daguerreotypes of any size, as relative to paintings of the era. Size of the actual broadside is roughly 11 x 9½ inches.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $150 - $350


Lot 14: REPRODUCTION OF DAGUERREIAN CAMERA & LENS

Note: This consignment was damaged during shipping. It was simply the front that was affected (see last photograph). Some sanding and a new coat of varnish would rectify the situation.

This replica daguerreian camera was made by master woodworker Alan Kaniarz. His furniture is in use at the Detroit Institute of Art in the modern wing. He teaches furniture design courses at Wayne State University and wood and metal shop courses at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. He was featured in Hour Detroit magazine.

Camera is approximately 8¼ x 11½ x 7¾ inches. Glass part of lens is approximately ¾ of an inch in diameter. Entire lens, with metal, is approximately 4⅛ inches in diameter. Text on lens: "HugoMeyer & Co - Coerlitz," "No 5180," "D.R.P. 125 560," "F=150m." The lens will require screws to be attached to the camera.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $100 - $250

        


Lot 15: JASPER HAZEN HYMN WRITER & WOMAN WITH FLUTINA

Two sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Depicts a young man in checkered vest. A paper has been glued inside the case: "PSALMS AND HYMNS: To Aid In PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEVOTION. Selected and arranged by JASPER HAZEN. Albany, N.Y. Published for the Association. 1849."

It's a reasonable assumption that this daguerreotype depicts Jasper Hazen. On the internet, we found numerous references to Jasper Hazen, the preacher, and to Jasper Hazen, the hymn writer. Split full case.

2) A woman with gold jewelry, a red necklace, and a blue belt at her waist. Also, a pin-pricked brooch, which sparkles. Next to her on a table is a flutina, a common musical instrument of the time period. Half case.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $800


 


Lot 16: DOGS DOGS DOGS

6 ambrotypes of dogs. 4 sixth plates, 2 ninth plate ruby glass.

1) Sixth plate of a dog outside, laying down on a wooden platform. Half case.

2) Sixth plate of a dog on its haunches, facing the camera. The legs and feet of a person are visible to the far right. Half case.

 

3) Ninth plate ruby glass ambrotype of a small dog with fluffy ears and a white tuft on his or her chest. Split full case.

4) Ninth plate ruby glass ambrotype of a dog with a black and white face staring at the camera, perfectly centered. Full case.

5) Sixth plate of a dog on several chairs. Person to the left. Half case.

6) Sixth plate dog laying down. Decrepit case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $500 - $800


Lot 17: RARE HAND-COLORED OUTDOOR SCENE DAGUERREOTYPE

Quarter plate daguerreotype.

We're at the corner of a picket fence greeted by two girls in pink and a boy in blue. Both girls have one hand on their hips and respective elbows out. The boy is balancing on the bottom rail of the fence. The trees are green. There are young saplings to the right.

The lawn is a tinge of red. The sky is blue, but we can't determine if that's solarization, hand-coloring or a little bit of both. Full case.

Comes with sixth plate daguerreotype of man, purportedly the owner of the house.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $3500 - $5500


Lot 18: LADY WITH ENVELOPE & 1840s LADY WITH PLANT

Two sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Woman wearing bonnet in front of a painted backdrop holds a magnifying device. In her other hand is an envelope containing a letter. There is writing applied to the letter. Not sure if it's decipherable or not. And there are markings to suggest a stamp. Full case.

2) Woman holds a box (or is it a thick small book?) in one hand. On a table, on top of three books, is a vase containing tinted flowers. This is a good example of an 1840s daguerreotype. Full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $800


Lot 19: SIX DAGUERREOTYPE CASES & FIVE DAGS

This lot consists of six thermoplastic (hard) cases containing five daguerreotypes and a milk glass portrait. 1 quarter, 1 sixth, 2 oval ninths, 1 'normal' ninth, 1 sixteenth.

1) Case #30, 'Sir Roger deCoverly and the Gypsies,' in Union Cases by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord. Case #1-38, 'Roger deCoverly and the Gypsies Fortune 2,' in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames, by Paul Berg. Daguerreotype is of a standing boy with a girl in a chair. Quarter plate.

2) Case #129, 'The Calmady Children' in Union Cases. Case #1-104, with the same name, in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames. Daguerreotype is of a boy and a girl. He is standing with his jacket mostly unbuttoned, and she sits in a checkered dress. Sixth plate.

3) Geometric oval case. Daguerreotype is of a well-dressed young man. Ninth plate.

4) Fruit motif oval case. Daguerreotype is a vignetted portrait of a lady on milk glass. Ninth plate.

5) Geometric case contains a daguerreotype of a young child. Ninth plate.

6) Geometric case contains a daguerreotype of a bearded man. Sixteenth plate.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $500 - $900


Lot 20: HALF PLATE MUNICIPAL BUILDING & OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS

Half plate daguerreotype.

Depicts a municipal building with a cupola up top and pillars out front. In the foreground are a couple of other establishments. We see one sign (which is not readable). Other architectural content includes an interesting smaller building just beyond the centerpiece, and then large residences of the neighborhood. Split full case.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $3000


Lot 21: LARGE SIZES LARGE FAMILIES

Two half plate daguerreotypes, three quarter plate daguerreotypes.

1) Half plate uncased & overmatted. Written on seals: "These are the children of Thomas Trickey: Mary Elizabeth 18, Charles 16, Frank 14, Hanna & Callie. Property of Elmer Trickey Boyd, Nov. 1, 1928."

2) Quarter plate. Large family of two adults and five children. Is the baby deceased or resting? (A question for the ages.) Split full case.

3) Quarter plate. Three girls and a boy. Girls wearing same fabric. Some are holding objects. Split full case.

4) Quarter plate. "Warner" is written inside the case along with "copy" and "crayon" (a style of daguerreotypy). Adult male and his four daughters and one son. Split full case.

5) Half plate mother and four children. Vertical shot. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1000


Lot 22: ENGLAND INCLUDES CRIMEAN WAR SURGEON BY KILBURN

This lot consists of five daguerreotypes: a quarter plate, an in-between size, 2 sixth plates, and a ninth plate. The quarter plate also comes with a cabinet card, 3 CDVs (cartes de visite), a card mounted photo and an early snapshot.

1) The front of the case says "BY APPOINTMENT. MR. KILBURN 234 REGENT STREET." That is London. There’s a portrait of a focused young man. Accompanying note reads: "My grandfather P Cayne (?) before going out to the Crimean War as surgeon." Split full case.

2) Hand-colored sixth plate of man wearing gold ring. Full case in excellent condition.

3) Hand colored sixth plate daguerreotype of a man with curly hair displaying a ring. Full case.

4) Ninth plate daguerreotype of distinguished man with square corner mat. Full case in very good condition.

5 - 11) Quarter plate daguerreotype of, in period ink: "Fred Hazeldine Paris 1852." On reverse in ink: "Taken at American Gallerie." 2 CDVs byMayall, one of a man, one of a woman. Cabinet card of man. CDV of same man. "August 1892." Card mounted photo of man tending to a horse addressed to "Mrs. Fred Hazeldine" and dated "July 1883."

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1300


Lot 23: POST MORTEM OF A BEARDED MAN IN BED

English or French quarter plate daguerreotype.

This is a startling image with excellent contrast between the man's beard and the sheets covering him.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $700 - $1200


Lot 24: NINE VERY GOOD PORTRAITS OF CHILDREN

9 sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Boy in plaid sitting sideways, fine decorative work on chair. Full case.

2) Girl in bonnet wearing gloves. Full case with tape at spine.

3) Boy in dress leaning on sofa. Split full case.

4) Child standing on chair. Big gold necklace and flamboyant hat on the table. Full case.

5) Girl with bright floral pattern dress; hands together pointing opposite directions. Full case.

6) Child with gold one-piece outfit, big gold cross and gold buckles on his shoes. Full case.

7) Boy with striped socks leaning to our left. Full case.

8) Child holding a few things. Full case.

9) Boy with bottleneck curls standing with a basket. Full case with tape at spine.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $500 - $800

 

 



 




Lot 25: PRECOCIOUS LAD BY SOUTHWORTH & HAWES

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

The lad strikes the prescribed pose successfully in this portrait by Southworth & Hawes. To verify the makers, we need to look no further than page 424, figure 1475, in Young America: The Daguerreotypes by Southworth & Hawes. Half case.

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1500


Lot 26: RARE POSTMORTEM OF A CIVIL WAR UNION OFFICER

Sixth plate tintype in case.

Case is chipped, but this is an extremely rare image. Post Mortem of an unidentified Civil War Union Officer. Soldier lays in a casket, in full uniform, including white gloves. His sword is by his side and the US flag is draped behind him.

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $7000 - $12000


Lot 27: HALF PLATE OF ALEXANDER M. BRUEU & DAUGHTER AUGUSTA

Half plate daguerreotype.

Note pinned to velvet: "Alexander M. Brueu and his little daughter Augusta M. Brueu." A stylish young man in tall top hat, sitting in profile, holds his daughter in his lap.

This is likely Alexander McWhorter Bruen (1808-1886) and his daughter Augusta McVickar Bruen (1851-1863). Alexander was born in NYC, and married Sara Louisa Jay (a granddaughter of Gov. John Jay) 1 Aug 1848. He was a physician, per a passport application and the 1880 census. Notice that Augusta passed away in 1863. (Source: A viewer via Ancestry.com) Full case.

Inside the case is written: "Taken by Senter B. Giddings 179 Broadway, N.Y. 1st. June 1852." Giddings had another career 'botanic medicines.' (source: Craig's Daguerreian Registry, by John Craig)

Original seals. The spots you see are simply debris.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1400


Lot 28: DAGUERREOTYPE OF A WOMAN IN MASCHER VIEWING CASE

Case is quarter plate size.

Daguerreotype (actually 2 plates, as with any stereoscopic daguerreotype), of a woman with a tinted dress and a backdrop, is attributed to Samuel Broadbent. The text emblazoned inside the leather case says "MASCHER'S IMPROVED STEREOSCOPE PHILADA. PATENT MARCH 11th, 1853." This is corroborated by the book American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era 1840-1880, by Janice G. Schimmelman. Full case with tape at spine.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $700 - $1200


 


 


Lot 29: STYLE & FASHION 10 DAGUERREOTYPES 

3 quarter plates, 7 sixth plates. The quarter plates are noted below.

1) Quarter plate. Woman with a shawl and large cameo. Mismatched split case.

2) Quarter plate. Young man with white vest under dark jacket, checkered tie. Full case.

3) Woman with embroidered mesh shawl, sporting a small bow. Split full case.

4) Woman with fashionable headdress. Full case.

5) Man wearing stylish hat. Split full case.

6) Woman dressed similar to #3 above, with parasol. Full case.

7) Boy with tailor made outfit. Split full case.

8) Woman with furs. Full case.

9) Quarter plate. Man with flamboyant hair. Split full case.

10) 1840s daguerreotype of daguerreotype. Woman with bottleneck curls and elaborate dress. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $700 - $1400


 


 


 


 


 


Lot 30: BABIES & TODDLERS, MOTHERS AND CHILDREN

1 quarter plate, 8 sixth plates.

1) Quarter plate. Toddler smiling, eyes looking up. We suspect there's a hidden mother underneath all that tapestry. Split full case.

2) Artistic view of a baby sitting in fine chair with finger in mouth. Split full case.

3) Horizontal baby, blush on cheeks, eyes wide open. This one will be debated for centuries as to whether it's a postmortem. Full case.

4) Toddler in a diaper. Full case.

5) Mother seated and child standing, holding hands. Full case.

6) Mother averting three books with one hand, holding infant with the other. Full case.

7) Identified baby (note on pad) judicious tinting. Full case.

8) Astonished toddler in checkered outfit. Split full case.

9) Young mother and child. Full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1000


 


 


 


 


 


Lot 31: 1840s DAGUERREOTYPE MAN WITH CORNET OR TRUMPET

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

The man's brass instrument stands with its bell on the table, and the man’s hand atop it. He's clearly a serious musician. Full case.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1200


Lot 32: YOUNG WOMAN IN A MASCHER VIEWING CASE

Case is sixth plate size.

Daguerreotype (actually 2 plates, as with any stereoscopic daguerreotype) is of a young lady with braids atop her head, wearing a plaid dress with white lace collar and a gold tinted brooch. In gold letters: "MASCHER'S IMPROVED STEREOSCOPE PHILADA. PATENT MARCH 8th 1853." This is corroborated by the book American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era 1840-1880, by Janice G. Schimmelman. Full case.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $500 - $900


 


 


Lot 33: KEEN ON SEVENTEEN (DAGUERREOTYPES)

This lot includes 1 quarter plate and 16 sixth plates (1 pair of sixth plates is in a double case). Please note there are 3 black push-button cases.

1) Young couple fashionably attired. Mismatched split case.

2) Woman in attire associated with religious sects. Split full case.

3) Mother child and column. Black push-button case.

4) Mother and child. Full case.

5) Quarter plate Mother & child attributed by the consignor to Bogardus. Full case.

6) Exotic woman. Full case.

7) Man holding a book with a graphic. Full case.

8 & 9) Matching dags of man and woman in split birds of paradise leather case.

10) Lady with floral pattern. Full case.

11) Young lady with a locket tucked into her belt. Full case.

12) Boy one arm on the table. Black push-button case.

13) Lady with her hand to her chin. Black push-button case.

14) Toddler with winter attire, tinted. Full case.

15) 1840s lady with bright pattern to her dress. Split full case.

16) Bonnet lady wearing glasses and holding a parasol. Full case.

17) Child standing on a chair. Full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1500

   


Lot 34: PACH'S PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY & CAMERAS & WAGON

Albumen photograph.

There's the large sign announcing PACH'S PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY. At left, there is a man with a large wooden camera, with a lens in profile and bellows, on a tripod. In the doorway is a boy and an older girl. There is a framed display of nine examples of the photographer's work. A group of five men pose for the camera. A young man with a horse and a youth lean against a flag pole. At right, there is the traveling wagon with the following painted on its side: "PACH'S PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT & LANDSCAPE ESTABLISHMENT." The caption on the bottom of the page is "PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY- G. PACH."

This is from Album of Long Branch: A Series of Photographic Views, with Letter-Press Sketches by J.H. Schenck. The frontispiece of that book is included (but not pictured). Photo is approximately 3⅜ x 5 inches, entire page is approximately 5¼ x 8¼ inches.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $800


 


 


 


Lot 35: TEN DAGUERREOTYPES FROM THE 1840s

All sixth plates. From different parts of the decade.

1) Man with spectacles. Consignor suggested that he’s blind. Split full case.

2) Woman with her arms crossed and large cameo at neck. Split full case.

 

3) Lady with curls at the back of her head and a long watch chain. Housed in a rare "IMPROVED DAGUERREOTYPE CASE. EBENEZER LARWILL, NEWARK, N.J. PATENT APPLIED FOR JAN. 12, 1849."

4) Young woman with black paper mat. Wm Shew, Miniature Case Maker, Boston. Split full case needs to be reglued.

5) Handsome young man with painted backdrop with mountains. Full case.

6) Man with gold buttons and hand resting upon his chair.

7) Man with black paper mat. Full case.

8) Man with goatee facing slightly left. Full case.

9) Formally dressed man high in the frame. Full case.

10) Young man with yellow paper mat with inside border gold. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1200


Lot 36: ON DAGUERREOTYPES, RARE HISTORIC BOOK BY LEVI HILL, 1854

Photographic Researches and Manipulations, Including the Author's Former Treatise on Daguerreotype. HILL, L.L.

A second edition, revised and enlarged, issued in 1854 by Myron Shew in Philadelphia. An extremely scarce book. Rebound Hardcover. 4¾ x 7¾ inches. Black calf with gilt  lettering and marbled paper over boards. 198pp. Very good. Tight-hinged and fully handleable, dampstained on the title page and some early pages; text block lightly age toned and occasionally foxed.

First of this edition, tight and fairly nice, being a revised edition of his 1850 "Treatise on Daguerreotype." In 1851, upstate New York minister Levi L. Hill (1816-65) caused  controversy when he claimed to have developed a process to create color photographs, which he called "heliochromes" (and which soon became personalized to "Hillotypes"). It wasn't until 1856 that Hill published his "Treatise on Heliochromy" to explain the process, but a daguerreotypist got the book banned on grounds of libel and all but a few were pulped. Hill's process was long discredited, then forgotten, although recent scientific tests show that his convoluted process works somewhat.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $2000

This lot is a GENEROUS DONATION by JEFF GREEN. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this lot benefit The Daguerreian Society.


Lot 37: ARTISTRY FROM EARLY 1840s SIGNED VAN LOAN IN FLIP TOP CASE

This sixth plate daguerreotype has much going for it:

1) Flip top case in top condition.

2) Fine early portrait.

3) Visually exciting painted backdrop.

4) Signed in the image, lower left appears to say "By Van Loan." ("By Van L an" is what we see.) According to Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900, by Linda A Ries and Jay W. Ruby, Samuel Van Loan was in operation from 1844 - 1856. It would seem that this daguerreotype would push the earlier date back by a year or two. Full case in fine condition.

According to the consignor, the subject of this daguerreotype is Reasin Beall, a politician and military officer who has an extensive Wikipedia biography. The identification was from an old note no longer attached, but the consignor provided a scan of it.

 

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $6000 - $9000


Lot 38: IDENTIFIED PEOPLE 6 DAGUERREOTYPES

6 sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Man with top hat and wool blanket over him. Information on him on inside of case (see scan). Full case.

2) Androgynous youth with tunic and gloves. Identified inside case in period ink: "Lowell L.C.P. Gurnsey A. E. 14 years. June 1847 Taken at N.Y." Full case.

3) Older man and boy. Inside case in period ink: "William Spencer with his grandfather Giles Sanford about 1851." Split full case.

4) 1840s man with hand on tinted tablecloth. "Uncle Herman B???" written in ink on silk pad. In split handsome AMITIE full case.

5) Bonnet lady, exquisite clothing. Note on piece of paper inside case: "Grandma Sanborn." Full case.

6) Young man with white jacket and striped vest. Note inside: "Thomas Denney? Cory Jr." Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $900


Lot 39: THE STUDIOS OF EUROPE 1882 INC. U.S. PHOTO ADS

This remarkable book is by H. Baden Pritchard, FOS and published by E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. in New York. Chapters on Francis Bedford, William England, Walter Woodbury, John Mayall, James Valentine, Nadar, and many more. All the chapters discuss European photograph studios.

All the ads, however, are for American photographers. In the back there are 46 pages of advertisements. Louisville, Kentucky; Milwaukee; Chicago; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Kansas City; Boston; Baltimore; St. Louis; New York; Cincinnati; Columbus; Ohio; Indianapolis; St. Paul, Minnesota; Rochester, New York; Bangor, Maine, and more. Advertisements include Voigtlander lenses, Dry Plates, Ferrotypes, Burnishers, Camera Stands, Albumenized Paper etc... Firms include Anthony, Carbutt, Benjamin French, Richard Walzl, W.D. Gatchell & Co, J.A. Anderson.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $200 - $500

      


 


 


Lot 40: 4 CASES 6 DAGUERREOTYPES INCLUDING HIDDEN MOTHER

Three sixth plates (two are double cases) and a ninth plate.

1) Case #172, 'Birds at the Fountain,' in Union Cases, by Krainik Krainik and Walvoord. Case #2-59, 'Birds at the Water Fountain 1,' in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames, by Paul Berg. Hidden mother daguerreotype of an infant (see insert).

2) Case #138, 'The Farmer’s Dream,' in Union Cases. Case #1-93, 'Child in a Tree, Farm Scene, in the Berg book. Features 2 daguerreotypes; one of woman looking at us with fingerless gloves, and a young man with dark jacket and white pants.

3) Case #174, 'Jardiniere of Fruit,' in Union Cases. Case #2-32, 'Vase of Fruit,' in the Berg book. Features a woman holding a book while her arm rests on another book, and a well-dressed older man.

4) Ninth plate geometric case includes a daguerreotype of a woman from a religious order.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $300 - $600


 


 


 


 


Lot 41: THE HUNTER & HIS FAMILY (2) BY J.D. WELLS

Two quarter plate daguerreotypes.

1) Hunter displaying a double-barreled shotgun. He wears a sporting jacket with tools tucked into his belt, probably including knives tucked into his waist. There’s a large net bag, probably for fowl. Full case.

2) Same man with his wife and three daughters. Lovely horizontal family portrait, stamped "J.D. Wells, Northampton." J.D. Wells operated in western Massachusetts and is considered to be a 'better' operator. Full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $3000 - $4000


Lot 42: CHILD WITH FRILLY WHITE SHORTS & SOCKS & SHOES

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

He's got a dark banner style piece of cloth diagonally over his shoulder, and tied at the waist. Perhaps this isn't a garment, but a method of fixing him in his chair for the daguerreotypy session. His bare chest is a bit unusual for a portrait of the time period, leading to conjecture that this is the daguerreotypist's son. He also wears white frilly shorts and white socks and shoes.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500


Lot 43: CLOSEUP OF A DWARF OR LITTLE PERSON

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

It's curious that the daguerreotypist went in so close. He or she managed to portray the subject as a nuanced person. His eyes are focused. His cheeks have been lightly tinted. Full case.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1000


Lot 44: THREE DAGUERREOTYPES WITH PAINTED BACKDROPS

Three sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Mid 1840s daguerreotype of a man with a statue and classical architecture behind him. Split full case.

2) Late 1840s daguerreotype of bonneted woman with dramatic landscape behind her featuring mountains and a large body of water. Full case with tape at spine.

 

3) Woman in a checkered skirt wearing gold jewelry. Trees on the left, and a distant peak off to the right. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $500 - $900


Lot 45: 1840s MEN & MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS & A CONDUCTOR

Three sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Young man with long hair holds what we believe to be a flutina, a 19th century musical instrument. 1840s. Split full case.

2) A slightly older man also holds a flutina. Split full case.

3) Portrait of a conductor with his baton (musical conducting stick). Full case with tape at spine.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $700


Lot 46: PORTRAIT BY ROBERT VANCE OF CALIFORNIA

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

Velvet pad says: "R.H. VANCE'S PREMIUM DAGUERREAN GALLERIES SAN FRANCISCO SACRAMENTO MARYSVILLE." Fine portrait of a distinguished man surrounded by a classic and shiny mat. Full case with weak spine.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1000


Lot 47: CIVIL WAR PA. I Co. 9th CAVALRY PRIVATE DIED OF WOUNDS KENTUCKY

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

This is a rare daguerreotype of a Civil War soldier. Handwritten in period pencil, inside the case: "Casper Liszman's Picture."

We consulted the Historical Data Systems, Inc. American Civil War Database, and this is what we found: Casper Liszman; Residence Cumberland County, Pa.; Enlisted on 10/26/1861 as a Private; Mustered into 'I' Co. PA. 9th Cavalry; Wounded 6/6/1862 at Moore’s Hill, Kentucky; Died of wounds on 7/30/1862.

Housing. Case #152, 'Voyage of Life, Old Age,' in Union Cases, by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord. The book lists it as 'Rare.' Case #1-80, 'Voyage of Life, Old Age,' in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames, by Paul Berg. The book lists it as 'VVR' (very very rare).

Most of the spots you see are on the glass and not on the plate.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1600


Lot 48: CIVIL WAR: "OUR DEAR SOLDIER BROTHER" DIED 1865 & AMBROTYPE

This lot consists of two interrelated items.

1) A matted CDV (carte de visite) photograph of Samuel A. Nightingale. Caption on mount: "OUR DEAR SOLDIER BROTHER" and "SAMUEL A. NIGHTINGALE. Born Sept. 30th 1837 Died August 20th, 1865."  The CDV is by a Boston Maker (Tremont Row), but the name is not visible.

2) A quarter plate ambrotype of 3 young women and a child. Identified on reverse: "Nightingale Girls 1850s Quincy, Mass."

We consulted Historical Data Systems, Inc. American Civil War Database and this is what we found: Samuel A. Nightingale; Residence: Quincy, Mass.; 23 year old clerk; Enlisted 4/16/1861 (early in the war) at Quincy, Mass. as private; Mustered into "H" Co. Mass. 4th Infantry; Mustered out 7/22/1861 at Long Island, Boston Harbor, Ma.; Mustered 8/6/1862 into "D" Co. Ma. 39th Infantry; Discharged for disability 8/19/1864 at Boston, Ma.;  Promotions: Corporal 8/6/1862 "D" Co. Ma. 39th Infantry; He died right after the conclusion of the war.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400


Lot 49: ONE FASHIONABLE MAN & 7 LADIES

8 sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) There’s a note tucked into his lined pocket which seems like it’s of some importance. Strong three-quarters standing pose. Full case.

2) Lady in white with pin-pricked brooch, holds a tinted blossom & leaf. Split full case.

3) Woman with plaid dress and red bow. Full case with tape at spine.

4) Woman holding a thermoplastic daguerreotype case. Split full case.

5) Woman with ringlets looking right. Probably an English daguerreotype. Housed in thermoplastic case with deer theme. See scans.

6) Nicely tinted lady wearing bonnet, with large urn upper right. Split full case.

7) Lady with shawl and sash cords hanging upper right. Split full case.

8) Lady with 'magic mirror' effect. Looks like a daguerreotype of a daguerreotype. Full case with tape at spine.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $650 - $950


Lot 50: HALF PLATE ANTOINE CLAUDET (LEARNED FROM DAGUERRE)

Half plate daguerreotype.

On the front is embossed "MR. CLAUDET 107 REGENT STREET," which would be London.

The subject is what the collector called "Crimean War Hero," which would certainly be appropriate, but we don't have the proof. The man is in an artistic pose, with great lighting, showing off his huge muttonchops while holding a hat against his leg.

"Banker and businessman Antoine Claudet learned of the new daguerreotype process in 1839 from its inventor Jacques Louis Mandé Daguerre. Claudet promptly purchased a license to practice the fledgling art. He opened his studio in 1841 and became one of only two operators of daguerreotype studios in England. Claudet actively experimented with the daguerreotype medium, becoming one of the first practitioners to significantly reduce exposure times. He joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1853. In the 1850s he moved on to the calotype and wet-collodion processes, then specialized in stereograph views in later years." (Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum website.)

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $700 - $1500


Lot 51: BOYS WITH RIFLES & SWORD 

Two sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Horizontal mid 1840s with two boys: one holding a book and the other holding a rifle. Split case missing rail.

2) Vertical late 1840s. Boy with rifle and sword. Full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $800

 


Lot 52: WOMAN BY ROSS & THOMSON, EDINBURGH & ANOTHER

Overmatted quarter plate, and a sixth plate.

1) Attractive woman with flowers in her bonnet, wearing a shawl with a swirling pattern, holding a parasol. Overmatted quarter plate. Split full case. Embossed on reverse of the leather case: ROSS & THOMSON PHOTOGRAPHERS TO THE QUEEN EDINBURGH (Scotland.)

2) Woman wearing bonnet, and one glove, with statuette on table. Perhaps a copy plate. Sixth plate. English full leather case.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $800


Lot 53: MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR SOLDIERS INC. HALF PLATE

Half plate daguerreotype, quarter plate daguerreotype.

1) Half plate. The soldier sits surprisingly close up. We get a good look at his uniform and his sword and scabbard are in evidence. His hat is on the table. Full case.

2) Quarter plate. Soldier holds his sword for us to see. Much has been tinted gold including his epaulets. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $800 - $2000


 



Lot 54: FRENCH SOLDIER & OTHER EUROPEAN DAGUERREOTYPES

5 daguerreotypes: 3 sixth plates, 2 quarter plates. 4 passe partout frames and 1 full leather case.

1) French Soldier. Holding a sword, gold buttons. Sixth plate, p.p. frame.

2) 2 women in similar religious, peasant attire. Sixth plate, full handsome leather case.

3) Woman in mustard colored dress with potted plant & painted scene. Quarter plate, p.p. frame.

4) Man with walking stick. Ink on reverse. Quarter plate, p.p. frame.

5) Infant with blue clothing highlighted in white trim, and gold sash cords. Sixth plate, p.p. frame.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $900


Lot 55: PAIRS & GROUPS OF CHILDREN

6 daguerreotypes: 1 quarter plate and 5 sixth plates.

1) 2 boys dressed alike, holding hands. Split full case.

2) Boy and girl, interlocking arms. Full case.

3) Quarter plate. Older girl and younger sister and brother. Full case.

4) Two boys, one in a dress, with hidden parent's hand sneaking in on the left side. Split full case.

5) 2 boys, arms around each other. Full case with tape at spine.

6) Mother in blue and two children in plaid. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $350 - $550


Lot 56: A MIX: CIVIL WAR, POSTMORTEM & OTHER IMAGES

10 images. 2 sixth plate ambrotypes, 1 cased sixth plate tintype, 1 ninth plate ambrotype, 2 ninth plate cased tintypes, 3 loose tintypes, CDV (Carte de Visite).

1) Sixth plate relievo ambrotype of vignetted girl. Split full case.

2) Ninth plate cased tintype postmortem baby. Split full case.

3) Ninth plate ruby glass ambrotype of a Civil War soldier with a patriotic theme to the mat.

4) Sixth plate tintype of man with buttons on his pseudo-military style jacket. Housed in a good thermoplastic case.

5) Ninth plate cased tintype of child with faux scene on backdrop. Split full case.

6, 7, 8) Loose tintypes as shown.

9) CDV of a couple.

10) Sixth plate ambrotype of mother and daughter. Full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400


 


 


Lot 57: BRITISH MILITARY FROM CRIMEA WAR ERA

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

We are not military experts, but the case and uniform point to England and the Crimea War. We hope that prospective bidders will do their due diligence on this image.

His buttons and belt buckle are gold gilded. The insignia on the left shoulder is discernible. Full case.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $700


Lot 58: WM. WHEELER WITH TOOLS OF HIS TRADE

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

There's a tiny metal plaque affixed to the velvet pad of the case for this occupational daguerreotype. Engraved in neat cursive: "Wm. Wheeler age 34 years, 11th day of April, 1853, Ohio." This is remarkable information. He holds a tenon saw and a carpenter's square. He's dressed in his work clothes. Full case.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $800


Lot 59: 11 DAGUERREOTYPES OF 15 WOMEN

2 Quarter plates, 9 sixth plates. Quarter plates are identified below.

1) Quarter plate of four women, three with dark clothing & white lace collars and similar hairstyles. The woman in the middle, with braids on her head, seems to be smiling. Split full case.

2) Woman in colorful dress (except it's black and white). One arm on a book. Split full case.

3) Woman on a sofa, one hand on the other wrist. Split full case has been matched, missing rail.

4) Woman with lots of gold jewelry with eyes looking left. Full case.

5) Woman with long chain, and wearing fingerless gloves. Worn full case.

6) Woman with arms folded. Full case.

7) Woman floral pattern on dress, and floral pattern on tablecloth. Split full case.

8) Woman with bonnet. Arm on our left is on table. Full case.

9) Woman with bonnet and very good facial tones, big oval gold rimmed brooch. Full case.

10) Woman 2 gold rings. Arm (our right) on table. Split mismatched case.

11) Quarter plate of two women. Both wear the similar bracelets, perhaps tokens of their friendship. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $650 - $1100


Lot 60: OUTDOOR SCENE: MAN, HOUSE & BARN, CARRIAGE

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

The man with the top hat poses, very aware of the camera. There's a dog in the doorway, and a young child to our right. The house's windows have shutters. There's a barn with a carriage in front. There's little in the way of landscaping. We see some small trees without any leaves, so it's late Autumn or early Spring. Split full case.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3500


Lot 61: 19th CENTURY CAMERA LENSES: inc. DARLOT, PARIS

There are 6 lenses in this lot. 3 are large, 3 are small.

1) "Darlot, Paris B F 8 Co." 5 inch focal length. Entire piece is approximately 4⅛ inches in length.

2) No text. 17 inch focal length. Entire piece is approximately 3¾ inches in length.

3) No text. 28 inch focal length. Entire piece is approximately 3¼ inches in length.

4) No text. Entire piece is approximately 2¼ inches in diameter.

5) "BAUSCH & LOMB ZEISS TESSAE Series lc. Pat Feb 24 1903 No 1913244 2½ x 3½." Entire piece is approximately 1⅞ inches in diameter.

6) "KOMURANON-E f=75mm 1: 5.6 3080070 KOMURA LENS MFG. LTD." Entire piece is approximately 1⅞ inches in diameter.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $300 - 500


Lot 62: 19th CENTURY CAMERA LENSES, 10 & 20 INCH FOCAL LENGTH

2 lenses.

1) "W. B. & C Philadelphia." 10 inch focal length. The entire piece is approximately 5¾ inches in length.

2) No text. 20 inch focal length. The entire piece is approximately 5½ inches in length.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400


 


 


 


Lot 63: SIX OF ONE, HALF A DOZEN OF THE OTHER & SIX MORE

18 sixth plates. 6 of women, 6 of men, 6 of children.

1) Lady with lots of jewelry and fashionable hairstyle. Split full case.

2) Handsome man with pronounced goatee. Full case.

3) An enigma. A girl holding something. Full case.

4) Woman with a big gold locket. Mismatched split case.

5) Man with white tie. Stern look. Split full case.

6) Child full standing, leaning on a table. Split full case.

7) Lady seated in a sideways pose, tinted tablecloth. Split full case.

8) Artiste with a goatee, and tie fashioned into an ascot. Full case.

9) Full standing boy with tartan style cap on table. Full case.

10) Artistic vignette of a lady. Full case.

11) Bright eyed man with a stiff white collar. Split full case.

12) Girl with bloomers squirming in chair. Split full case.

13) Lady with a bonnet holding a letter. Split full case.

14) Debonair young man white tie and stiff white collar. Split full case.

15) Child seated with polka dot pattern. Split full case.

16) Lady with lace collar clutching her hands. Split full case.

17) Man gazing to our left. Split full case missing rail.

18) Child with off-shoulder dress. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1000


Lot 64: NEW YORK CITY DAGUERREOTYPES

This lot consists of 7 daguerreotypes: 1 quarter plate and 6 sixth plates.

1) Quarter plate of standing child with long curls. Big buckle on the off-shoulder dress. "HOLMES 289 BROADWAY" on mat. Split full case.

2) Woman wearing Yin & Yang paisley pattern on her dress. One arm on table, the other in her lap. "J. HENDERSON" on brass mat. "J. HENDERSON #1 BOWERY NEW-YORK" on velvet pad. Full case.

3) 1840s of Man. "M.A. & S. ROOT 363 BROADWAY N.Y." on mat. Full case with fold over clasp detached.

4) Elegant young man. "BECKERS & PIARD 264 BROADWAY" on mat.  Split full case.

5) Relaxed young man with full beard. "QUINBY 385 BROADWAY" on mat. Full case.

6) Man with thick curly hair. "WESTON" and "132 CHATHAM" on mat. Split full case.

7) Child in white on floral pattern chair. "ANSON" and "589 BROADWAY" on mat. "ANSON 589 BROADWAY N.Y." on velvet pad. Split full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $350 - $550


Lot 65: PHILADELPHIA DAGUERREOTYPES

This lot consists of 7 daguerreotypes: 3 half plates, 1 quarter plate and 3 sixth plates; all originating in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1) Half plate bearded man with one hand on books; expansive painted backdrop. "PURNELL 159 CHESTNUT ST. PHILAD." on velvet pad. Full case.

2) Half plate the consignor calls "Langenheim's Chemist." Attributed to Langenheim. Depicted with the image next to a heightened modern paper version so as to see the details. Split full case.

3) Quarter plate of a young man by Amoss Allen, as indicated by the velvet pad.

4) 1840s sixth plate Handsome Man with drapes upper left, and tinted turquoise tablecloth lower right. In a case by Myron Shew. Split full case.

5) Sixth plate man by Broadbent. Split full case.

6) Sixth plate Infant by Van Loan. Split full case.

7) Half plate attributed to Langenheim. Paper mat is a replica made by Steve Anaya. Full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $2000


Lot 66: ARTISTIC QUARTER PLATE PORTRAITS

3 quarter plate daguerreotypes.

1) 1840s Lady in a lovely pose with a column on the right side. Bright gold jewelry. Full case.

2) Formally dressed man with a light-colored hat. Expansive painted backdrop scene behind him. Trees to the left and water to the right. Split full case.

3) Lady with strong three-dimensional viewing. She clenches her fists. Full case with cloth tape at spine.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $800


Lot 67: DAGUERREOTYPES BY VARIOUS MAKERS

9 sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Girl with fingerless gloves, sitting in a chair. "APPLEBY" stamped on mat. Split full case.

2) Woman leaning on table wearing long gold earrings. "JENKS BROS." stamped on mat. Split full case.

3) Child seated in chair with both hands moving as if holding something small. "MARSTERS, BALT." (Baltimore.) Split full case.

4) Man with ornate mat. "BRUCE" stamped at bottom  middle of mat. Split full case.

5) Seated woman with white lace collar. "ROLF & JENKS 354 BROAD ST. NEWARK." on velvet pad. Split full case.

6) Young mother and child. "C.G.HILL" stamped on mat. Split full case.

7) Mother and child. "WHITNEY ROCH. N.Y." Stamped on mat. Split full case.

8) Man with hands crossed. "WHITE'S" stamped on mat. Full case.

9) Studious looking man. "M. MOULTHROP, ARTIST, NEW HAVEN" on velvet pad. Full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $500 - $800


Lot 68: A GROUPING OF POSTMORTEM PORTRAITS

Six images: 1 cased quarter plate tintype, 2 sixth plate ambrotypes, 2 sixth plate tintypes, 1 ninth plate tintype.

1) Quarter plate tintype of a man and woman; woman holds deceased child. Woman wears elaborate bonnet with flowers and man wears a top hat. Full case.

2) Sixth plate ruby glass ambrotype of toddler in horizontal composition. Split full case.

3) Sixth plate ambrotype of a child with emaciated hands and eyes wide open. Chilling. Uncased with mat and preserver.

4) Sixth plate tintype of child swathed in white. Split full case.

5) Sixth plate tintype child propped upright in chair. No case, but with mat and preserver.

6) Ninth plate tintype of child by window. Half case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $700


Lot 69: BEFORE AND AFTER ELECTION

Two sixth plate daguerreotypes.

Note that the mats and preservers are identical. That fact is crucial to understanding this pair. The distinguished gentleman appears anxious in the first. His mouth is downturned and his brow is furrowed. In the second, from the same sitting, he's smiling and looks relieved, even relaxed. The period ink caption at bottom, sums it up: "Before and after Election!!." They come together in one split full case.

The consignor pointed out that this is early photo-journalism. The consignor also stated that the man depicted is from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, but we have no proof of that. A fabulous pair!

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $5000 - $8000


 


 


 


 


 


Lot 70: OLDER CHILD EMBRACES YOUNGER & THEY HOLD HANDS

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

The body language and composition are lovely and both children are intriguing. The gorgeous girl reassures the serious boy with the tiny hands, as she looks calmly at the camera.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $150 - $300

This lot is a GENEROUS DONATION from LEWIS HARDING. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this lot benefit The Daguerreian Society.


Lot 71: DAGUERREOTYPE DISPLAYED & SCHOOLHOUSE OUTDOOR SCENE

2 sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Man displaying a daguerreotype, obviously of a loved one. There's a face in the wide brass mat of the daguerreotype case. We see the velvet pad on the right side. Full case.

2) Horizontal outdoor scene with a large building and 4 chimneys. There are lots of people in front. Consignor notes "Schoolhouse after the rain. 40 pupils and teachers out front." Full case.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500


Lot 72: MAN HOLDING MULTIPLE DAGUERREOTYPES

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

The man holds several daguerreotypes for us to see. There appear to be four of them, 3 sixth plates and a ninth plate. A couple appear to be held upside down with the velvet at the bottom and the image at the top, and another has the image side displayed horizontally. The ninth plate case has been decorated in gold and red. All of the daguerreotypes are outlined in gold. Split full case with gold gilded birds of paradise design.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400


Lot 73: INSTRUMENTS OF SCIENCE INCLUDING A SKULL

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

Instruments of science dominate including an open book, spectacles, and a skull. There's also a pencil compass and an hourglass, and other items of interest. Full case.

The consignors emphasized that this was bought from Julian Wolff a couple of decades ago.

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1500


Lot 74: FRENCH STEREO DAGUERREOTYPE OF A WOMAN

Stereoscopic daguerreotype.

The woman is bright and ready for the proceedings, taking care to stay still for a sharp likeness. The coloring to her face and chair are subtle and tasteful. She clasps one hand in the other, showing big sleeves and a tiny waist. Housed in typical style of French stereoscopic daguerreotypes with some modern conservation tape.

Note on reverse: "W. THOMPSON Rue de Choiseul, 22."

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1000

This lot is a GENEROUS DONATION from NANCY SCHNEIDER in honor of Daguerreian Society Member, the late CRAIG SCHNEIDER. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this lot benefit The Daguerreian Society.


Lot 75: CAPTAIN SLOCUM DAGUERREOTYPES & FAMILY ALBUM (MILITARY & MAYFLOWER)

This material all came from a Newport, Rhode Island mansion estate. The lot contains:

Sixth plate daguerreotype.
2 sixth plate ambrotypes.
4 ninth plate daguerreotypes (2 of them came in one case).
1 ninth plate ambrotype.
2 sixteenth plate daguerreotypes.
1 presentation document for Joseph Jermain Slocum.
Family album of Joseph Jermain Slocum, & Sallie L'Hommodieu (his wife). Album contains: 30 cabinet card photographs, 8 card mounted photos, and 2 cartes de visite (CDVs). 40 total.

Joseph Jermain Slocum was a descendant of Captain Myles Standish of the original Plymouth Colony. He married Sallie L'Hommodieu, and one of their sons was Herbert Jermain Slocum, who was in charge of the 13th Cavalry Regiment during the Battle of Columbus, New Mexico against Pancho Villa's army.

A) PRESENTATION DOCUMENT WITH PHOTOGRAPH OF JOSEPH JERMAIN SLOCUM.

Mentions Civil War service, membership in Society of Mayflower Descendants, Society of the Army of the Cumberland, The Society of Colonial Wars and more. 13¼ x 11⅜ inches. Photo alone is 5½ x 3½ inches.

B) CASED DAGUERREOTYPES & AMBROTYPES

MAN & WOMAN. Seller says the woman is Sallie L'Hommedieu. 2 oval ninth plate daguerreotypes, man and (hand-colored) woman. Case holding both is split so each rests in half case.

Ninth plate daguerreotype same woman with tinted flowers. Velvet case with lid severed. Ninth plate same man in velvet case. 1 sixteenth plate daguerreotype same man, 1 sixteenth plate daguerreotype possibly same man. Split full case and full case.

ALSO. Sixth plate ambrotype, man purportedly Joseph Slocum, Joseph Jermain's father. Split full case. Sixth plate Ambrotype woman with old ink note "Mrs. Slocum," presumably J.J.'s mother, attached to front of full case. Sixth plate daguerreotype of a painting of a woman. Full case. Ninth plate English ambrotype of a boy. Full case.

C) SLOCUM FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM

Includes cabinet card photo of Captain Joseph Jermain Slocum; a photo of 10 soldiers (which may include Slocum); a photo of a large formation of military on horseback; a photo of a seated soldier (probably Slocum), having his portrait painted by an artist. It also includes 4 cabinet photographs of women dressed in Japanese kimonos; other portraits of women, men, and children; and 3 cabinet photos of paintings. 40 photographs total.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $1200 - $1700

             


Lot 76: POSTMORTEM, HIDDEN MOTHER & SUPERB CASE 

2 sixth plate daguerreotypes; one in a superb thermoplastic case.

1) Postmortem daguerreotype of a child with a doll. The doll has been lovingly placed between the child's arm and his or her torso. Full case.

2) Baby in a dark dress with a lively geometric pattern, while a hidden mother hovers over in a dark shroud with light-colored stripes. Housed in a thermoplastic case with gold gilded inlay.

Absentee bidders: this is a two-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $450 - $750


 


Lot 77: MAN PLAYING AN ACCORDION DAGUERREOTYPE

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

This man wants it clear that the accordion is an extension of him, and not merely a prop. He's got his fingers on the keys and the bellows are unbalanced as if in the act of being played. Housed in daguerreian wall frame with hook at top.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500


Lot 78: TOOLS OF THE TRADE

 

4 x 5 daguerreotype set in black acrylic sink mat showing daguerreian cameras, tripods, headstands, posing tables, and other apparatus used at Mike Robinson’s Century Darkroom.

Mike Robinson’s Recent Exhibitions:

Exposition Daguerre, le Génie de l'image, Villa Daguerre, Bry-sur-Marne, France November 22 - December 9, 2018.
Red Light, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto ON, May 2 - June 29, 2018
Photography in its Birthplace, Fox Talbot Museum, UK,  Sept 2017 - January 2018
Mirrors with Memory: Daguerreotypes from Library and Archives Canada National Gallery of Canada, Sept. 2015 - April 2016

Mike Robinson’s Recently Published Work

Topics in Photographic Preservation 2015   A Twin Paradox: A Study of Preservation and Disfigurement of Southworth and HawesDaguerreotypes
The Daguerreian Annual, 2014   Sterling C. McIntyre’s Panoramic Views of San Francisco

Mike Robinson's Recent Lectures and Workshops

Villa Daguerre, Bry-sur-Marne, France, 2018
SMP International Photo Conservation Studio, Genzano di Roma, Italy, 2018
The Museum of Organic Culture, Kolomna, Russia, 2017
Penumbra Foundation, New York, 2016-2019
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum 2011 – 2019

This lot is a GENEROUS DONATION from MIKE ROBINSON. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this lot benefit The Daguerreian Society.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $1200 - 1700


CONDITIONS OF SALE

Property listed in our online or print catalogues will be sold by The Daguerreian Society as agent for others subject to the following terms and conditions. Clients placing bids at auction agree to pay the full purchase price of any lots for which the client is the winning bidder and further acknowledge and agree to these Conditions of Sale. The Daguerreian Society and its representatives reserve the right to amend these by notice or oral announcement at the sale.

All bids are to be per lot as numbered in the catalogue.

The Daguerreian Society reserves the right to withdraw any property for sale at any time prior to its final sale.

Unless specified, each lot is offered subject to a reserve. The Daguerreian Society does not accept reserves of more than the low estimate nor allow consignors to bid on their own items.

The Daguerreian Society reserves the right to reject a bid from any bidder. The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer shall be the purchaser. In the event of any dispute between bidders or in the event the auctioneer doubts the validity of any bid, the auctioneer shall have sole and final discretion either to determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the article in dispute. If any dispute arises after the sale, our sales records shall be conclusive in every respect.

The “hammer price” is the price at which a lot is sold or hammered down by the auctioneer. The “purchase price” paid by the winning bidder is the aggregate of (a) the hammer price, (b) the applicable buyer’s premium, (c) applicable New York state and local sales taxes. New York state and local taxes will be collected except where sold to a purchaser outside of New York and shipped to the purchaser or the purchaser has a valid New York resale license and provides such documentation to The Daguerreian Society.

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CATALOGUES: Catalogues will be available in three formats:

1) An on-line catalogue on www.daguerre.org.
2) The same lots on LiveAuctioneers.com in their catalog format.
3) Printed catalogues available the day of the auction.

CONDITION REPORTS, for absentee bidders only, are available on request. Contact Greg French at gregfren@comcast.net, or request through LiveAuctioneers.

STARTING BIDS for absentee bidders will be published for each lot on LiveAuctioneers.

BIDDING INCREMENTS:
Up to $100 bids will be in $10 increments.
From $100-$500 bids will be in $25 increments.
From $500-$1000 bids will be in $50 increments.
From $1000-$2500 bids will be in $100 increments.
From $2500-$5000 bids will be in $250 increments.
From $5000-$10,000 bids will be in $500 increments.
From $10,000 up bids will be in $1000 increments. 

We reserve the right to revert to smaller increments during the bidding process. 

BUYER'S PREMIUM: The auction's purpose is to generate revenue for The Daguerreian Society, and its buyer's premiums are below the norm.

  • Premium for live auction floor bidders, or absentee bidders not bidding through LiveAuctioneers: 15% of purchase price.
  • Premium for all LiveAuctioneers bidders: 20% of purchase price. The additional 5% only covers our fees to LiveAuctioneers.
  • Premium for silent auction: 15% of purchase price.

SELLER'S COMMISSION OF 10%. Likewise, this benefits The Daguerreian Society and is below the norm.

BUY-IN FEE OF 5% of the unmet reserve, with a maximum of $200 per lot. This fee only applies to items auctioned with reserves. For example, if a consignor reserves an item for $600 and it is unsold, the fee will be $30. For an unmet reserve of $2000, the fee will be $100. For an unmet reserve of $4000 or more, the fee would be $200 (i.e., the maximum).

BIDDING USING LIVEAUCTIONEERS.COM: On-line, live bidding and absentee bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com. See this page for help registering and bidding in the auction on line.

ABSENTEE BIDDING: As a service to clients unable to attend the Sale in person, we accept absentee bids in advance of the sale. All bids must state the highest bid price the bidder is willing to pay. “Buy” bids are not accepted. The Daguerreian Society accepts no responsibility for failure to execute such bids or any errors contained in submitted bids.

We run these auctions with the utmost integrity. All bids will be competitively bid with total discretion, in increments against other real bids. 

Absentee bids may be placed either by contacting Greg French, or by placing an absentee bid through LiveAuctioneers.com. Absentee bids placed through Greg will be executed the night of the auction. Note that absentee bids placed through LiveAuctioneers are subject to the premium for LiveAuctioneers bidders.

Contact Greg French at gregfren@comcast.net with absentee bids until 6:00 pm (Central Daylight Time) Friday, October 4, 2019Please specify lot number, title and maximum bid. Email is requested as it provides a timestamped record of your bids.

In order to place an absentee bid through LiveAuctioneers you must be approved to bid on line for the auction. You can submit an absentee bid through LiveAuctioneers even during the auction, up to 10 lots ahead of the item currently up for auction. Submitting an absentee bid does not require preregistration for the auction, but does require approval as a bidder before your bid will be accepted. Bids submitted too late for approval will not be accepted or placed -- you are strongly advised to register well ahead of the auction. You can retract an absentee bid submitted through LiveAuctioneers up to two hours before the auction begins. This video gives more details on how to place an absentee bid with LiveAuctioneers and its rules for absentee bidding.

PAYMENT: All items are to be paid for by cash, Visa, PayPal, wire transfer, cashier’s check, personal check with approved credit. The Daguerreian Society reserves the right to hold items paid for by personal check until the check has cleared the bank. Buyer agrees to pay The Daguerreian Society $50 for any returned check. Invoices are due upon receipt. Merchandise is shipped only after full payment has been received. An additional fee of 3% is charged if paying by credit card or PayPal.

Purchases that have gone unpaid twenty (20) business days after the sale are subject to any or all of the following: (a) late charge of five percent (5%) of the total purchase price per month; (b) cancellation of the sale; (c) rescindment of bidding privileges at future auctions; (d) initiation of legal proceedings to collect the entire debt including original purchase price, late charges, and legal fees and costs to the fullest extent permitted by law; and (e) any other action or actions The Daguerreian Society finds necessary and appropriate.

COLLECTION: Purchases must be removed Saturday evening (the evening of the auction, 10/5/2019) after cleared payment, unless shipping instructions are received by The Daguerreian Society. If not removed, property will be held at the sole risk of the purchaser and no responsibility is assumed if such goods are lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed. The Daguerreian Society reserves the right to store unclaimed purchases at its discretion and assumes no liability for any damages incurred after the sale.

In order to prevent inaccuracy in delivery or inconvenience in the settlement of a purchase, no lot can be transferred. Each buyer must pay for the whole of his purchases before any lot can be removed.

SHIPPING is available for absentee and LiveAuctioneers buyers ONLY. Such buyers are responsible for charges to package, ship and insure their purchases. Insurance is mandatory for all shipments.

The Daguerreian Society can arrange shipping and will ship property via USPS, UPS or FedEx. 

Shipping charges will be calculated as follows:

  • Small, singular items (e.g. 1-2 daguerreotypes in a single case, a 1-6 CDV lot, or a book): $15 packing fee plus actual costs for shipping and insurance.
  • Two distinct small items such as the above (a "two-item lot"): $20 packing fee plus actual costs for shipping and insurance.
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  • Large or bulky items: $50 packing fee plus actual costs for shipping and insurance.

Lots subject to more than the minimum $15 packing fee will be indicated as such in their descriptions. If not so indicated for a lot, the minimum fee applies. In case of multiple purchases postage and insurance can be combined, but the per-lot packing fee still applies.

Please contact The Daguerreian Society before bidding if you have any questions regarding shipping charges.

The Daguerreian Society assumes no liability for any damages incurred during shipping and will not be responsible for any loss of damage resulting from the shipping in excess of the amount of insurance. Property is shipped only after payment has cleared.

If purchased property cannot be delivered in the same condition as at the time of sale, due to fire, theft, loss or any other reason, The Daguerreian Society liability will be limited to the sum actually paid by the purchaser. In no event, will compensatory or other damages be included.

SPECIAL NOTE TO NON-US BUYERS: All customs declarations will reflect the full invoice value. Any resultant duties, tariffs and/or taxes are the sole responsibility of the buyer.

AUCTION COMMITTEE:

Diane Filippi Michael Peterson
Greg French Mike Robinson
Craig James Doug Scougale
Tim Lindholm Dennis Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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