Lots 26-50

The Daguerreian Society 2019 Symposium Benefit Auction

The auction was held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at

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

Full auction terms may be found here.

For the first time, live and absentee bidding in The Daguerreian Society's auction were done through Cowan's Live as well as LiveAuctioneers.

Thanks to everyone who participated!


AUCTION LOTS

[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-78]  [Silent Auction]


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

Sold for $1100 plus premium


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

Sold for $600 plus premium

 


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

Sold for $500 plus premium


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

Sold for $475 plus premium


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

Sold for $550 plus premium


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

Sold for $300 plus premium


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

Sold for $650 plus premium


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

Sold for $350 plus premium


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

Sold for $400 plus premium


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 its sale benefit The Daguerreian Society.

Sold for $950 plus premium


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.

An auction viewer has provided these new insights: Given the [date of the daguerreotype] this is presumably by Matthew D. Van Loan (1794-1856), an important early NYC daguerrian who succeeded A.S. Wolcott in 1841 in the Granite Building on Broadway; he was the father of Samuel P. Van Loan (1823-1900), who began with Mayall in Philadelphia ca. 1845.

The backdrop shown in this dag appears to be at least after the style of Thomas Cole (1801- 1848), with strong ties to the style of his famous “Voyage of Life” series; Cole and Van Loan knew each other as both were long-time residents of Catskill, NY. The unidentified portrait is not Cole, but may be a member of his family or his artistic circle.

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $6000 - $9000

Sold for $4000 plus premium


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

Sold for $425 plus premium


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

Sold for $100 plus premium

      


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

Sold for $225 plus premium


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

Sold for $100 plus premium


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

Sold for $300 plus premium


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

Sold for $550 plus premium


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

Sold for $475 plus premium


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

Sold for $600 plus premium


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

Sold for $1100 plus premium


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

Sold for $250 plus premium


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

Sold for $475 plus premium


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

Sold for $1200 plus premium


[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-78[Silent Auction]

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