Post Mortem Daguerreotype Photograph Gutta Percha Case

Up for auction is a rare & unusual early photograph. I am definately not knowledgable on this but I believe it is a daguerreotype photograph. ( it appears that the photo is on the glass inside, almost 3 dimensional ). The subject depicts a close up face / portrait of a post mortem young boy. It is in a gutta percha case. The case is in fair condition, having some damage to the clasp area (see photo). The outside of the case is carved with a pear in the center. The inside of the case is in very good condition, with a nice blue velvet lining on one side and the photo with the original gold embossed matte outer frame. The hinges are in good working condition with the top one being slightly loose. The clasp / latch does work and keeps the case closed. The case measures 2 1/2" x 3". The photo measures 2" x 2 1/2". T seems to be no damage to the carved front and back of the case. Some damage to the edges and corners. This case came from an estate in central Maine. I have every reason to believe that it originated in that general area.

A nice addition to your collection!

Thanks for looking!

PLEASE NOTE: I will be out of town until Feb 4th. I will answer all questons on my return. Thanks!


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