These dual ambrotype portraits are of a boy and woman, presumably his older sister or mother. It is in a beautiful embossed union case. The individuals are unidentified, but we know they are from Maine.
The portraits have gold gilt scalloped frame. The young woman is sitting, hands resting in her lap, ring, earring, and brooch all visible. She appears to be an older teen ager or young woman, but the jewelry and dress indicate that she is married and most likely the mother. The boy is sitting as young boys do today, with handkerchief hanging from pocket, collar stays askew, hands resting in lap. We wears the popular dark militarry-style jacket with brass buttons and white collar with a small stock.
It is a little difficult to tell, but he looks about 12-13 years old.
Beautiful embossed orante flower and decorative patterning to Union Case, with (3) small brass nails hidden amongst design. Patented in 1854, this was a 'positive' wet plate colloidon photographic image on a sheet of glass. Their drawback was that, like their predecessor the daguerreotype, they could not be duplicated. The exactness of imaging, although monochromatic, was their advantage over portrait painters of the time, and they were cheaper and lacked the shiny silvery surface of the daguerreotypes, making them quickly popular in the late-1850s until CDVs appeared in the early 60s.
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