This is a albumen CDV portrait of a boy abiut 4 years old. He is on verso, but the writing is very difficult to make out. It seems to say "Uncle Henry from Eddie S?. O'Kane? Hopefully HBC readers will have some insight as to the actual name. This probably means that Eddie or more likely his parent sent his portrait to Uncle Henry. So the boy pictured is Eddie.
More clear is that the CDV is dated May 1865, at the very end of the Civil War.
A reader writes, "I came across this page, and thought I'd have a go tweaking the colour and exposure of
the handwriting. The uncle's name is definitely Henry, who it is from is more difficult because of the cursive script I think it is Eddie S. O'Kane. The 'May 1865' is quite clear."
The portrait was made by T. A. Beach of Delaware, Ohio. The Federal Revenue stamp has been removed, Henry wears a dress with diamond patterns, We do not know what tje color was. There looks to be white and back trim and a black waistband. The dress has colored band. Ruffled collars like this were sometimes called piecrust collars from its resemblance
to the ruffled pastry edge on a pie.
Eddie seems to be wearing pantalettes made in the same material as the dress. He has stripped stockings. His hair is very thick, but worn short. The dated CDV is useful to help build our understanding of the chronology of CDV mounts.
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