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Eight Daguerreotype Portraits of Gentlemen

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Discovery - 2654M
Date / Time :
May 23, 2013 10:00AM


Eight Daguerreotype Portraits of Gentlemen, six sixth-plate size portraits of middle-aged and elderly men: an elderly gentleman holding a folk-carved cane, identified on a paper label as "Gen[eral] Micah Brooks Brooks' Grove, Livingston Co. N.Y.," one labeled "Sam Richardson," one of a minister holding a book, and three others; two ninth-plate size of middle-aged men: one possibly a minister labeled "Dr. Josiah Bowers," and another unidentified man, each in a pressed-paper/leather case, (imperfections).

Note: General Micah Brooks was born in 1775 in New Haven County, Connecticut. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1806, was a member from Ontario County of the New York State Assembly in 1808-09, served as colonel on the frontier and at Fort Erie during the War of 1812, and was a major general of the New York State Infantry from 1828 to 1830. The town of Brooks' Grove, Livingston County, New York, was named after him.
Estimate $400-600

Six 6th-plate:
General Brooks- several small mat scratches, minor tarnish, and dust. "Sam Richardson,"- tarnished edges, spiders and dust.
minister- two areas of wipes u.r. and slight wipe through face, nech and chest and several light tarnish spots around edges, split case.
Three others:
Bailding man- edge tarnish, scattered spiders and dust, case lacking cover.
Man w/Goatee- mat scratches, a few faint light scratches, minor spiders and dust, case split.
Gent with long sideburns and cleft chin- tarnished edges, dust and spiders.
Two 9th-plate size-
"Dr. Josiah Bowers,"- tarnished edges, dust, case split.
Gent w/ long sideburns- minor tarnish, spiders, and dust, case splitting.

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Micah Brooks Brooks, Livingston Co., minister, Micah Brooks, Colonel, Connecticut, New Haven County, Fort Erie, New York State Assembly, New York State Infantry, Livingston County