Original U.S. Civil War Era Federal Sailor Sixth Plate Tintype Photograph in Gutta Percha Case
Original Item: Only One Available. Everything about this image, including its presentation, makes it a splendid memento of the Civil War Era. This cased "Sixth Plate" (2.75 x 3.25 inch) tin type portrait shows an unidentified sailor. There is a small label on the left side from the collector it was purchased from. He wears the standard Sailor's enlisted uniform, with wide bottom trousers and a kerchief. He stands at ease, with his right hand placed on some imitation rocks.
The image is behind glass held in an ornate gold plated brass matte loaded with intricate designs edging the tintype. The gutta percha case is molded front and back with lovely decorative designs. Interior of the case is lined in velvet type material with a decorative design in the center. The hinges work great, and the case closing clasp functions splendidly.
The tintype itself has a great surface, and was well protected by the glass glazing. There is almost no deterioration that we can see. This really is a splendid example of a Civil War Era Tin type, ready to add to your collection!
Tintypes, originally known as or ferrotypes or melainotypes, were invented in the 1850s and continued to be produced into the 20th century. The photographic emulsion was applied directly to a thin sheet of iron coated with a dark lacquer or enamel, which produced a unique positive image. Like the ambrotype, tintypes were often hand-colored. Customers purchased cases, frames, or paper envelopes to protect and display their images.
Primarily used for portraiture, each photo is a unique camera-exposed image and was available in the following standard-sizes. The most common size was the sixth plate.
- Imperial or Mammoth Plate - Larger than 6.5 x 8.5 inches
- Whole Plate - 6.5 x 8.5 inches
- Half Plate - 4.25 x 5.5 inches
- Quarter Plate - 3.25 x 4.25 inches
- Sixth Plate - 2.75 x 3.25 inches
- Ninth Plate - 2 x 2.5 inches
- Sixteenth Plate - 1.5 x 1.75 inches
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