Four Sixth-plate Early Photography Portraits, a daguerreotype of an elderly woman, seated with her arm resting on a table with hand to cheek, the brass mat impressed "BALL & THOMAS," probably Cincinnati, Ohio; two ambrotypes: one of a young woman wearing a fur collar, and one of a young bearded gentleman; and a tintype of a young woman identified as "Euphemia Wyeth Smith/Mrs. John Lansden," on a paper enclosed in the case, mounted in eight-sided "The Chess Players," "Geometric/Scroll," "Geometric/Scroll," and "Scroll/Geometric" (Krainik 134, 362, 347, 356, respectively) Union cases, (imperfections).
Old woman- tarnish ring, dust, spiders, glass impurities. Her portrait probably taken by James Pressley Ball was a black daguerreian, about September, 1857, it was reported that Ball and Thomas (A.S.) had entered into partnership in the daguerreian business. In December, Ball was referred to as being "formerly" of Ball and Harlan.
Ambrotype of young woman- cracks to varnish backing glassminor spots to background.
Ambrotype/ of young man w/beard- craquelure and losses to varnish backing glass.
Tintype/young woman-case lacking glass, image is dark and in fairly good condition.
The CASES are all in good condition.
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