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The Daguerreian Society 2020 Symposium Benefit Auction

The Daguerreian Society's annual benefit auction will be held on line November 14th, at 6pm Eastern time. All bidding will be absentee or on-line through LiveAuctioneers or Cowan's Auctions.

The 2020 Benefit Auction on LiveAuctioneers. The buyer's premium on LiveAuctioneers is 23% (includes 5% charged by LiveAuctioneers).

The 2020 Benefit Auction on Cowan's. The buyer's premium on Cowan's is 18% (Cowan's is not charging an incremental buyer's premium).

Full auction terms may be found here.


AUCTION LOTS

[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-75]  [Lots 76-100]  [Lots 101-107]


Lot 1: ABE LINCOLN & SON WILLIE

CDV (Carte de Visite) photograph. Period ink: "Lincoln & Son Willie." By Philadelphia Photographic Co. 730 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

(Clipped corners. Otherwise, very good.)

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $300 - $600


Lot 2: MAJOR BAGLEY WISCONSIN DRUMMER BOY

CDV (Carte de Visite) with period ink on back: "Major Bagley the infant Drummer -  saw + heard him drum beautifully." Willie Bagley was supposedly four years old when he made a name for himself drumming in 1861, at the start of the Civil War. By 1865, he would find himself working for P.T. Barnum, billed as Major Bagley.

(Photo is very good. Mount is trimmed and has foxing.)

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400


Lot 3: 63 TINTYPES INC. IDENTIFIED CIVIL WAR, MASONIC, MUSICIANS

63 tintypes, plus gem type in woven textile frame and postcard made to look like tintype.

Includes: Civil War soldier identified on reverse as Aldin Richardson; tintype of flautist and violinist with sheet music; tinted tintype, in original paper sleeve, of man in fraternal apron with elaborate five-pointed star; tintype, likely of a memorial CDV.

(Generally good to very good condition, with some fair.)

This is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

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ESTIMATE: $300 - $600

 


Lot 4: HALF PLATE AMBROTYPE OF STREET SCENE WITH SIGNS

 

Street scene with people, horses, and wagons. Right-reading signs include: "E. MILLER TAILOR & CLOTHIER" and "D & A.B. COSPER ?" with a little sign that’s decipherable above. Also: "J.J. BENEPE." Housed in an attractive full case.

(Crazing, which refers to light 'alligator cracks' in the emulsion. Slightly dark, but fascinating.)

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $200 - $500


Lot 5: SOUTHWORTH & HAWES YOUNG AMERICA

 

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

Well, the subject is not so young. But we’re making a supposition that this is a vintage copy daguerreotype of the half plate original in the George Eastman House Collection. That plate is catalog #1915 in the seminal and comprehensive book Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes, by Grant B. Romer and Brian Wallis. The catalog says "Painting of an Unknown Man," but looking at this sixth plate, we’re not sure it’s a painting. The Eastman House half-plate is heavily scratched, so this was made when it was 'new.' Someone suggested it’s a portrait of Cornelius Vanderbilt, but we do not endorse that suggestion. Full case.

(Very good to excellent condition.)

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $1200 - $1800


Lot 6: EARLY SOUTHWORTH & HAWES DAGUERREOTYPE

 

Over-matted quarter plate in wall frame.

We know that this is by Southworth & Hawes because of the chair. They opened their studio in 1846, and this daguerreotype likely dates to the 1846 - 1847 years. The pebbled mat and square corners are indicators. The chair, however, was in use in the same state until 1852, at which point a piece at the top was removed. Chances to buy Southworth & Hawes depicting their studio furniture are few and far between.

It depicts an older woman who looks inquisitive with her raised eyebrows, and yet seems wonderfully comfortable. There are two books on the table.

(Very good condition. The spots are double, which means they’re on the glass, and not on the plate.)

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000


Lot 7: WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT LETTER RE: CALOTYPES

Below is an approximate transcription. Note that it is a partial letter, with great content. Needless to say, William Henry Fox Talbot was an early pioneer and remains one of the most important figures in the history of photography. The significance of Lacock Abbey can’t be overstated.

"Lacock Abbey, Chippenham
11 April 1843

Dear Sir

I wish I had seen you again the last time I was in Town, as I wished to make some inquiries concerning your new expedition to Asia Minor of which I have heard a very imperfect rumour as yet, but I understand that it is to be under your sole direction, + that you will take with you a number of artists, draughtsmen + c. + c. That being the case, it has occurred to me that it would be a very desirable thing to have a series of Calotype views taken in Lycia, and should the idea meet with your appreciation I have no doubt that it might be easily done and would prove eminently successful – I have really improved the invention since I formerly showed you some imperfect specimens – at present they can be obtained equal to finished drawings or engravings in effect, but for excelling them in accuracy since every minute detail is represented which is seen in the object itself. The time occupied in obtaining each picture is a minute or two, + no more but from each of these pictures a large number of facsimile copies can be made, at any subsequent period. Nothing excels the photographic method in its power of delineating such objects as from your researches, as ruins, statues, bas reliefs + c. and I should think it would be highly interesting to take a view of each remnant of antiquity before removing it, + while it still remains in situ + surrounded with stones + bushes + all the other accompaniments of a wild nature. The art may be required in a"

(Please see scans for condition.)

This item requires extra care, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

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ESTIMATE: $1000 - $4000


Lot 8: WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT LETTER RE: CAMERA OBSCURA

Below is an approximate transcription. Note the great content. Needless to say, William Henry Fox Talbot was an early pioneer and remains one of the most important figures in the history of photography. The significance of Lacock Abbey can’t be overstated.

"C. Fellows Esq –
30 Rupell Square
London"

"Lacock Abbey, Chippenham
Aug. 1. 1843

Dear Sir

I think you will do well to take two camera obscuras with you, one of them small, of the size of mine, which works quickly + makes beautiful vignette pictures; the other large – I recommend you to procure them of Charles Chevalier, in the Palais Royal, eastside, No. 163. He makes the large ones to fold up for travelling – He will take at least 4 or 5 days to make the paper holder + c. so that you should lose no time in ordering it. I recommend you to purchase the necessary chemical ingredients of garden, chemist, 372 Oxford St. You should have a small box on purpose to hold the bottles, like a medicine chest. On my other side I have added a list of things wanted, I regret the shortness of the time, which prevents our ____ ourselves that everything is in order. But as you succeed so well with the moist calotype paper, I should be glad if you would practise on the ___, because it is in that state you will generally wish to use it in Lycia."

Next is a section called "Memoranda," which appears to be a list of instructions and ingredients. That is followed by a section called "Things wanted." Then, the following in closing:

"I enclose a brief account of the Calotype process which I presented formerly to the Royal Society. The negative pictures only concern you at present. The use of the acetic acid is to keep the white parts of the picture clean and white If therefore they are darkened, add more acid to your GNS, yet not too much. The only _____ substance is the NS, the best remedy when the fingers are blackened with it is to wash them in a ___ solution of iodide potass. and expose the hands as much as possible to day light.

Believe me
Yours ____
H.F. Talbot"

(Please see scans for condition.)

This item requires extra care, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $5000


Lot 9: HARVARD UNIVERSITY 1859 SALT PRINT BY JOHN ADAMS WHIPPLE

Massachusetts Hall, Unitarian Church, Harvard College, 1859. Photograph is attributed unequivocally to Whipple, but is unsigned as is typical of Whipple’s Harvard salt prints. Look online for 'Salt Prints at Harvard' and 'John Adams Whipple' where there are examples of his work. He was Harvard’s official photographer through 1859. Read below.

"John Adams Whipple operated a studio in Boston where he was known for the exceptional quality of his daguerreotypes as well as his advances with glass plate negatives and paper prints. Along with his partner James Wallace Black, Whipple served as the first official class photographer for Harvard from 1852 to 1859. The Harvard University Archives holds a large collection of class albums containing portraits of seniors and faculty as well as campus views by Whipple and Black. Whipple experimented with a variety of negative supports including albumen coated glass plates that produced images with greater sharpness. Whipple referred to these negatives and resulting prints as 'crystalotypes,' alluding to the improved clarity of the image.' (source: Harvard University website)

More on Whipple: "Between 1847 and 1852 Whipple and astronomer William Cranch Bond, director of the Harvard College Observatory, used Harvard's Great Refractor telescope to produce images of the moon that are remarkable in their clarity of detail and aesthetic power. This was the largest telescope in the world at that time, and their images of the moon took the prize for technical excellence in photography at the great 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition in London. On the night of July 16–17, 1850, Whipple and Bond made the first daguerreotype of a star (Vega). In 1863, Whipple used electric lights to take night photographs of Boston Common." (source: Wikipedia)

Approximately 6½ x 8¼ inches (actual photo). On original mount.

(Very good to excellent.)

This is a large paper print, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $400 - $800


Lot 10: WOMAN WEARING A TEMPERANCE COCKADE

Quarter plate daguerreotype.

Look up ‘temperance cockade’ and you’ll see that she is, indeed, wearing a temperance cockade. Portraits of women making statements from the 19th century are treasured.
Half case.

(Minor spotting to the plate. Good condition.)

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800


Lot 11: MAN WITH A HAMMER & AN ELBOW RAISED

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

The hammer is where our eyes end up, and it puts this squarely into the genre of 'occupational daguerreotypes.' The daguerreotypist figured out how to maximize the space, even accounting for the oval mat opening. One elbow’s at 3:00 and the hand holding the hammer is at 9:00. The man makes for a dashing figure. Full case needs a rail glued.

RESERVE ACTION
ESTIMATE: $1500 - $2000.


Lot 12: LOVELY POSTMORTEM DAGUERREOTYPE CHILD PROPPED UP

   

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

Truly a lovely portrait of a deceased child, and one the family likely cherished, while grieving for their departed loved one. It’s an unusual pose in the degree at which the child has been propped up. The flowing composition provides a lot of contrast. Attractive case.

(Very good to excellent condition.)

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $300 - $600


Lot 13: DAPPER MAN OR MAGICIAN, BY PILLAS, PARIS

 

Quarter plate daguerreotype in passe partout mat.

This is either a dapper man holding gloves and a walking stick in one hand, and bank notes or other important paper in the other hand. Or he’s a magician with tools of his trade. Either way, he’s super handsome. His top hat is upside down on the table.

Original label on reverse is most interesting because PILLAS, the daguerreotypist offers "Noirs et Colories" for his "Portraits Au Daguerreotype." With a Paris, France address.

(Heavy tarnish. Very good condition otherwise.)

RESERVE AUCTION
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1500


Lot 14: RUSSIA CABINET CARD & CDV ALBUMS

These are two albums with Cabinet Cards and CDVs (Cartes de Visite) from Russia. There’s at least one Cabinet Card from Melbourne, Australia.

ALBUM ONE. Plain leather with embossed illustration.

17 cabinet cards. Includes small dog, tricycle. (Exc: 3. Very good: 4. Good: 7. Fair: 2. Poor: 1.) 25 CDVs. (Very good: 13. Good: 10. Fair: 2.) Plus one picture card of a cat.

(Album condition: Front and back covers are good. Original spine is good. Binding is somewhat separated from spine.)

ALBUM TWO. Cover is a metallic motif of riders, horses and wagons, with log cabin.

20 cabinet cards. (Good: 3. Fair to Poor, water damage, mottling: 17.)

(Album condition: Spine is good. White streak of discoloration on back. Clasps still work. Pages separated from cover.)

This is a large, bulky lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

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ESTIMATE: $100 - $250

        


Lot 15: SCOTLAND CABINET CARD & CDV ALBUM

Album featuring 14 Cabinet Cards and 34 CDVs (Cartes de Visite). Plus: A Real Photo Postcard (RPPC), a miniature photo, and an odd-sized card mounted photo. Photographs include men wearing kilts (4), male affection (3), female affection, man reading book, dog and baby. Most photos from Wick and often Wick N.B. (North of Britain, which refers to northern England and southern Scotland). Some pages of the album have a floral motif.

(Cabinet Cards - Exc: 3. Very good to Exc: 7. Good: 3. CDVs - Most very good to excellent. A few faded. Album - exterior is attractive. Original spine is good. No clasp. Pages are separated from spine.)

This is an album, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

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ESTIMATE: $100 - $250

         


Lot 16: GERMANY MILITARY CARD PHOTO ALBUM

25 small card photos (generally 4 x 2 or 4 x 2½ inches). 7 feature loose fitting (Zouave style though German) uniforms, all with rifles at various angles. 11 feature other soldiers and officers in uniform, some with swords showing, and 2 with cigarettes. 1 features a sailor, 5 feature women, 1 features a couple.

3 roughly cabinet size card mounted photos (larger than 6½ x 4¼ inches). All of soldiers, one with a bicycle.

Plus an unmounted silver gelatin of a soldier, with rifle on his shoulder; a real photo postcard (RPPC); a postcard and a photo of citizens.

(All card photos in very good condition. Album is mostly good, but a few pages are frayed.)

This is an album, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

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ESTIMATE: $100 - $300

       


Lot 17: FAMILY ALBUMS CDVs TINTYPES CIVIL WAR

This lot consists of 4 CDV (Carte de Visite) and Tintype albums, and loose CDVs. All together: 181 CDVs, 29 tintypes, 6 small card mounted photographs.

Loose CDVs include Civil War soldier (good), boy on tricycle (very good), Pacific Insurance Co. (poor).

Albums include another Civil War soldier, Abe Lincoln, lithograph CDVs (of Stephen Douglass and wife, Henry Clay, General Burnside, etc.), girl and a bird, and a piano. Condition varies from fair to good to very good and some excellent.

This is a large, bulky lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

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ESTIMATE: $300 - $600

              


Lot 18: FAMILY ALBUM: CIVIL WAR & EXTRAORDINARY FEMALE TINTYPES

12 tintypes (very interesting) and 25 CDVs (Cartes de Visite.)

Contains 2 CDVs of Captain Joseph Rogers (duplicates of each other), plus many of his family members (identified as Rogers).

Interesting Selection of CDVs and Tintypes from Lasalle Seminary & Rockford Seminary, including backs of women’s heads with hats on, tintype of women playing cards, women singing around the piano, etc.

This is an album, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

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ESTIMATE: $300 - $600

         


Lot 19: JOE PENNEL FRONTIERSMAN DAKOTA BADLANDS

Tintype in paper sleeve. At top: "Joe Pennel." At bottom: "Hunter & frontiersman Medora, Dak 1885." Medora was in the Badlands, North Dakota. A quick internet search found a May 22, 1884 article, titled 'The Bad Lands Cow Boy,' which refers to Joe Pennell (spelling here adds another 'L' to his surname).

(Tintype in very good condition plus. Sleeve is torn and fragile.)

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ESTIMATE: $300 - $600


Lot 20: FOURTH OF JULY 1878 SAN FRANCISCO STEREOVIEW BY J.J. REILLY

We can see parade wagons in the foreground, including one that advertises THE GRAND ARCADE MARKET, with a half-circle diorama fitted to the top.

Thousands of people line the streets. Caption indicates this is Kearny Street, San Francisco.

(Light soiling in sky. Some surface wear. Rich tones.)

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $100 - $300

 


Lot 21: RAILROADS & YOSEMITE 7 STEREOVIEWS BY J.J. REILLY

Titles include: The Witche's Cauldron, Geyser Springs, Cal.; Pulpit Rock U.P.R.R.; The Devil’s Slide U.P.R.R.; Bridal Veil Fall, height 900 feet, Yo Semite Valley, Cal.; Trestle Work of the Grass Valley Narrow Gauge R.R. coming into Colfax; Bloomer Cut C.P.P.R; Monumental Tower near Emigrant Gap C.P.P.R.

All with photographer’s stamp: "J.J. Reilly, Photographer."

(1. Very good. 2. Soiling but don’t confuse the smoke (which appears on both sides) with soiling. 3. Very good. 4. Some wear but very good. 5. Large piece missing left side. 6. Light foxing left side. 7. Fading left side.)

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $150 - $300


Lot 22: FARALLONE ISLANDS PACIFIC OCEAN 2 STEREOVIEWS BY J.J. REILLY

Titles are: 1) Light-House' Farallone Islands, Pacific Ocean. 2) The Natural Bridge Farallon Island, Pacific Ocean.

(1. Very good with light spotting. 2. Fading and small puncture top of left side.)

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ESTIMATE: $100 - $200


Lot 23: SAN FRANCISCO 7 STEREOVIEWS BY J.J. REILLY

   

Titles include: The Bay, from Telegraph Hill, looking north, San Francisco, Cal.; Market Street from Fifth, San Franscico, Cal; The Chinese Restaurant, Jackson Street, San Francisco, Cal; California Street, from Stockton, looking East, San Francisco, Cal; Lincoln School, Fifth Street San Francisco, Cal; Grand Court of the Palace Hotel, from second floor, San Francisco, Cal; Nob Hill from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, Cal.

All have photographer’s stamp: "J.J. Reilly, Photographer."

(1. Soiling. 2. Soiling. 3. Soiling and fading. 4. Soiling. 5. Soiling. 6. Fading at top, discoloration at bottom. 7. Soiling.)

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400


Lot 24: FLORIDA STEREOVIEWS BY J.G. MANGOLD PLUS ONE

There are 7 here from the FLORIDA SERIES by J.G. Mangold, plus an unmarked view, also presumably Florida. All but one have pencil scrawled on reverse, indicating locations.

1) Sign: "WAUNITA." Silver Springs is indicated on reverse.

2) A group of formally dressed Caucasians on a roadway, and an African American wagon driver. On reverse: "164 View in...(indecipherable)."

3) African Americans gathering pineapples.

4) Man in wagon pulled by two horses.

5) White caption in photo: "Date Palm." In pencil on reverse: "Old Spanish Govt Houses St. Augustine."

6) White caption in photo: "The Plaza St. Augustine."

7) Person sitting in wicker chair on lawn. On reverse: "125 MLure House Melaka."

8) In pencil on reverse: "Moss Veil Welaka."

(1. Slight soiling, very good. 2 - 4. Very good. 5. Slight soiling. 6 - 8 Very good.)

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ESTIMATE: $100 - $250


Lot 25: BROCKTON & SALEM MASSACHUSETTS, HUMOR, F.G. WELLER, NIAGARA, ENGLISH GENRE, 49 STEREOVIEWS

1) The Young Bachelor by J.A. French.

2 - 8) Brockton, Massachusetts. 5 by L.B. Howard, 1 by Burrell, 1 by Turner (poor).

9) Landing a Black Bass by Ingersoll.

10 - 22) Humor by F.G. WELLER, Littleton N.H.

23 - 26) Salem, Massachusetts by Mouton.

27 - 29) Railroad, White Mountains, N.H.

30 - 35) English Genre features woman at the opera with sign pertaining to Queen’s Theatre, also Little Red Riding Hood.

36) Tissue of a Princess? Signed in ink: "Antony" and "Dejarne."

37) Centennial Statues 1776 -1876.

38) Niagara by George Barker (split in middle and taped).

39 - 48) Niagara by George Curtis.

49) Pigs by Kilburn.

(1. Very good. 2 - 8. Three are very good. Two are soiled. One shows foxing. One has egregious creases. 9. Good. 10 - 22. Seven are very good, the rest have soiling or fading. 23 - 26. One very good, others good. 27 - 29. Two good, one faded. 30 - 35. Most have light soiling. One broken corner. 36. Soiling and creasing left side. 37. Very good. 38 - 48. 2 very good. 5 good. 4 fair or poor. 49. Good.)

This is a multi-item lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400

 


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