Here is a 1/6th plate Daguerrreotype portrait of a young teenager from South Carolina. We don't know the boys name, but he looks to be about 13 years old. The portrait was taken by George Cook who had a studio in Charleston. The portrait was signed "COOK, ARTIST, 1851". So it is a rare dated dag. Interesting that the Daguerrreotist saw himself as an artist. The dag was protected in a lether case. The frame was a rare shield form. This was more a symbol of the Union. We are not sure how popular this would have been in Charleston during the 1850s. Charleson of course was a hot bed of secession. Given the boys age, he almost certainly woyld have been involved in the Civil War. We can't make out detils of his shirt very well, but notice how wide his jacket opens. We are unsure what coloe it would have been. Also notice the unsual twing wings of his neckwear which was probably black. As was common at the time, the jacket and trousers did not match.
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