Original U.S. Civil War Photo Collection: General Grant, Two Federal 1/6 Plate Tintypes, & J.W. Booth

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice set of four Civil War Era photos, recently purchased from an estate sale. The first two are very nice examples of "Sixth Plate" tintype photos, which measure about 2.75 x 3.25 inch, and each show a Union / Federal soldier sitting in repose. This was a very common pose, as the cameras of the age took quite long to expose, so the individual would need to sit still for some time.

One of these photos is no longer in its original case, though the matte marks can be seen on it. The other is still held in an ornate brass mat loaded with intricate designs edging the tintype. It still has half the case, with a pressed paper back showing molded floral designs. The other half of the case is unfortunately missing.

The other two photos look to be post war collectible items, each measuring about 2 1/2" x 4". The first photo is of Union Commander LIEUT. GEN. U. S. GRANT, and looks to be a photo of a print. The other shows BOOTH AND HIS ASSOCIATES, and shows John Wilkes Booth, and the "gang" who was responsible for the assassination of President Lincoln.

A very nice Civil War Era Photo set, ready to display!

More on Tintype Photography
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

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