Early War Ninth Plate Tintype of Union Infantry Soldier


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Early War Ninth Plate Tintype of Union Infantry Soldier – This ninth plate tintype depicts a bearded, Union infantryman, wearing a Hardee hat, with an infantry hat insignia, with a company letter in the crook of the horn; the soldier is outfitted in a M1858 nine button, enlisted frock coat with shoulder scales attached; his cartridge box sling and eagle plate are visible, and he is holding a musket. The image is in overall good condition, with good resolution; there are some bubbles in the emulsion. The image is contained in a complete case, with some fading and tears in the red velvet lining in the cover half. The original mat, preserver and cover glass remain.It is conceivable that this image is a period “copy image” made from an original ambrotype; the image offered here is definitively a Civil War period image, though its “copy” characteristics arise from the fact that it appears to have been laterally corrected. Regardless, it is still a great image.