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      Greg French Early Photographyspecializing in nineteenth - century photographs
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1840s AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WITH IDENTIFICATION

She has a subtle smile and pleasant countenance. Her hair has a remarkable sheen, and she wears large gold earrings. Her dress is fashionable: look at the frills of the upper sleeve.

Itís not often that daguerreian subjects are identified, but itís decidedly less common with African American subjects. The writing is scrawled (which is often the case), so a bit of a challenge to decipher.

This is definitely an earlier daguerreotype, dating to the mid 1840s. We know this by the mat style, the lack of a preserver, and the simple case.

DAGUERREOTYPE
$3500. USD

1840s AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WITH IDENTIFICATION
SIZE
Sixth plate.
HOUSING
Early primitive half case.
CONDITION
Heavy tarnish at perimeter encroaches on the image. Spots on her hand. Other random tarnish spots. According to a note on the seals, it was resealed (presumably new glass) in 1994.
APPEARANCE
Sharp. Very good contrast. Charming sitter.

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