2003 Americana May 8-9.

Cowan's Auctions, Inc.
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OH 45232 Cincinnati
Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
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Datum der Auktion: 17.05.2003

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Daguerreotype by James Presley Ball,

quarter plate, half case only, mat stamped "J.P. Ball" and "Cincinnati." A fine image of a well-to-do couple, typical of the work of this master African American daguerreian. Both with half smiles and light rouging. Condition:Brilliant plate, re-sealed long ago with masking tape, couple of very

Los #: 1

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Daguerreotype of the "Elephant Store" in Plymouth, Ohio,

anonymous sixth plate, circa 1852. A bird's eye view, taken from a second story window showing a large clapboard building with a sign for "Knight, Spencer & Co." with a huge hand-painted banner depicting an elephant hanging from the third story. Accompanied by an old typescript description detailing

Los #: 2

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Terrific Oversized Quarter Plate Daguerreotype,

anonymous, 3.5 x 4" plate in an embossed leather case. A great studio image, with a solar reflector making a strange mottled "saucer" over the heads of the three sitters. The middle gentleman bears a resemblance to Cornelius Cole, California U.S. representative and senator during the Civil War and

Los #: 3

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Early Half Plate Daguerreotype,

anonymous, though judging from the case and mat style, likely taken in Philadelphia. A sensitively posed image of a family, the composition reflecting the common "kit-kat" structure used by portrait painters in the 1840s, in which the frame is divided into halves. Would guess this to be mid '40s

Los #: 4

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Sixth Plate Daguerreotype, Boy Holding Puppy by Head,

renders beautifully a classic pose of a child and his best friend, both probably eager to run outside. The boy wears a plaid dress and his puppy lies on a quilt with a floral design, on a table beside him. Brilliant plate! Provenance:Brasseur Collection of Cased Images Condition:Archivally resealed

Los #: 5

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Early signed Brady daguerreotype,

quarter plate, in original mahogany veneer ogee frame, signed in plate along lower right of octagonal mat "Brady NY 1846." Entire face and eyes tinted, watch chain gilded. Provenance:Brasseur Collection of Cased Images Condition:Back of frame still completely sealed. Discoloration in photograph

Los #: 6

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Daguerreotype of a Daguerreotypist,

quarter plate size, uncased in mat and preserver. He sits beside his sixth plate camera (appears to be a sliding box type) holding a plate in his hand with his arm resting on a stack of cases. Rear of plate with penciled inscription "Cleaned pictures [sic] Apr 23-07 Josie Hutchins, Columbus, Indy

Los #: 7

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Daguerreotype of a Southern Dandy,

sixth plate size, in full leather case. A fine image of a casually posed fellow wearing a light-colored linen suit and vest. He holds a large straw hat on his knee. Inscribed in recent hand in back of case "Found in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. K.A. 1-7-88." Assume this to be in the hand of the

Los #: 8

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Daguerreotype of a Carpenter,

sixth plate size, in full leather case. He proudly displays several large "plough" type planes, the unusual mat making a dramatic frame. Provenance:Brasseur Collection of Cased Images Condition:With original seals, with moderate tarnish ring. Though photo makes the plate appear as if it has been

Los #: 9

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Splendid Postmortem Daguerreotype of Girl with Flowers,

anonymous, sixth plate size in full leather case. Fine horizontal pose with great lighting, showing a young girl with chest and neck adorned with flowers. Provenance:Brasseur Collection of Cased Images Condition:Scattered mold spiders along right of plate. Cover of case separated

Los #: 10

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Daguerreotype of an Accordion Player,

sixth plate size, in a full pressed paper case. He holds a true accordion, not a concertina, which was a favorite daguerreian prop. Provenance:Brasseur Collection of Cased Images Condition:Plate bright, with very minor "spidering" visible in upper corners. Case style probably later

Los #: 11

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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S. Broadbent Signed Daguerrotype,

mounted in a geometric 6th plate dark brown geometric thermoplastic case. Hand-tinted portrait of a lovely young woman, signed on mat. Condition:Solar ring around image, else VG, case VG+

Los #: 12

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Early American Daguerreotype Portrait,

anonymous sixth plate. In full, early leather case, with foil-covered paper mat typical of the pioneering era of American daguerreotypy. Soft focus, with face tinted in flesh tones, early 1840's. Condition:Moderately strong solar ring and light spotting, hinge of case detached, still VG

Los #: 13

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Daguerreotype Portraits, Living and Dead,

lot of 3, of the same man at different times in his adult life. The living portraits (daguerreotype, ruby ambrotype) show a healthy man with tinted cheeks probably in his twenties and thirties. The post-mortem image (ruby ambrotype) depicts the same man, now gaunt, laid out in full view on a

Los #: 14

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Daguerreotype of Daniel Spencer, Revolutionary War Veteran,

quarter plate size in full leather case, with mat stamped "Carden&Co. 293 B.way." A fine image of this aged (and toothless) veteran, accompanied by period manuscript identification and supplemental historical research. Spencer (1759-1854) served as a private in a Connecticut company of Light

Los #: 15

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Daguerreotype of Twin Little Girls PLUS,

lot of 3, including a sixth plate leather cased daguerreotype of two little girls that appear to be identical twins; PLUS a ambrotype of a little girl in printed calico dress holding two china head dolls; AND a cdv-sized tintype of two little girls playing with their china head dolls and doll

Los #: 16

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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French Military Daguerreotype,

quarter plate portrait of a young uniformed Frenchman, mounted in period oval wood frame. Rear inscription "Lucien Boudousquie/en avril 1853/(Lycee Henri IV)". The Lycee Henri IV was and is one of the more prestigious high schools in Paris. Also printed photographers label on rear from "E. Fixon

Los #: 17

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Oval Pendant Daguerreotype, Portrait of a Woman with Lock of Hair,

The woman, apparently dressed for winter, wears a heavy shawl, a brocade bodice, and holds her hat. A braided lock of her hair is encased in the back. The brass pendant is connected to a double brass chain with a gold clasp. Provenance:Brasseur Collection of Cased Images Condition:Has trivial

Los #: 18

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Rare Ambrotype of Church in the Kanawha Valley,

wonderfully composed half plate image of a brick church building with scaffolding surrounding a nearly completed steeple. According to the information supplied by the consignor, this is the Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Putnam County, West Virginia which was completed sometime between 1857 and '58

Los #: 19

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Early Church,

unusual architecture for a church, parishioners stand on a bi-lateral staircase leading to the second story front door. A clock can be seen in the unfinished steeple and a wooden fence marks the surrounding property. A great depiction of a commuity and their efforts. Uncased, in mat and preserver

Los #: 20

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Ambrotype of a Fireman in Helmet Reading "Franco-American 8",

sixth plate size in full pressed paper case. An image from the time when belonging to a fire company was also very much a mark of one's social standing, this a typical example of a well-heeled member. He projects a casual and confident air, as he drapes his arm over a bamboo-turned Windsor-style

Los #: 21

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Ambrotype of Man and Microscope,

quarter plate size. Anonymous studio pose of a young man and his son posed with a monocular microscope on studio table. In full composition case. A scarce occupational image. Provenance:Brasseur Collection of Cased Images Condition:Some spotting on image, minor, easily repaired loss of lacquer on

Los #: 22

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Ambrotype of Hat Makers,

anonymous quarter plate size in full leather case. A fine occupational of three hat makers and their tools, including hat block, and various crimping and shaping irons. Provenance:Brasseur Collection of Cased Images. Condition:Fine clarity and tones, with peripheral mat abrasions

Los #: 23

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Ambrotype of Philadelphia Boot Maker,

signed on pad "Reimer. Philadelphia," sixth plate in full pressed paper case. He sits in his heavy winter coat and hat, posed with a boot and awl. Craig notes Benjamin F. Reimer as active as a daguerreian between 1849-1860. At the time this image was taken (1851-1857) his studio was located at 397

Los #: 24

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Ambrotype By O.C. Benjamin,

Newark, N.Y., signed on felt mat, in 6th plate geometric Union case. An exceptional portrait, the plate gold toned, with rose tinting of the sitter's cheeks. Condition:EXC

Los #: 25

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Ambrotype of a Young Cobbler,

anonymous sixth plate in full leather case. He sits at his bench wearing a leather apron, holding a nail and hammer to what appears to be a high heel. Cheeks delicately tinted. Provenance:Brasseur Cased Image Collection Condition:Fine clarity, with just a couple of tiny spots of laquer loss

Los #: 26

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Ruby Ambrotype of Minnesota Man with Flute,

sixth plate size, in a full leather case with pad stamped "J.W. Monell, Artist. St. Anthony, M.T." Monell emigrated from Pennsylvania to Minnesota and operated a studio at the falls of the St. Anthony c. 1854-1860. A fine image showing a dapper lad holding his recorder. Pencil inscription behind

Los #: 27

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Sixth Plate Ruby Ambrotype of Man Holding Fur Hat,

depicts a rural-looking gentleman with tinted cheeks, bushy beard, unbuttoned plaid vest, and an overcoat with dark lapels. He holds a fur or wool hat with earflaps, a Western style hat. Provenance:Brasseur Collection of Cased Images Condition:Some emulsion loss where mat has scratched plate, else

Los #: 28

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Ambrotype of a Sailor with Buttons and Chest Pocket,

ninth plate size in a black geometric case. The gent in this self-confident pose sports a gold hoop in each ear lobe, and wears an unusual bib-style shirt decorated with shell buttons surrounding lacy pockets. We assume him to be a seaman. Provenance:Brasseur Collection of Cased Images Condition:EXC

Los #: 29

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Datum: 17.05.2003

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Half Plate Tintype of a Town,

wonderful image of two horse-drawn wagons stopped in the middle of a wide dirt road. The background, a row of store fronts, one of which is a "FURNITURE, COFFINS" store. Condition:Some trivial scratches on image surface

Los #: 30

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Datum: 17.05.2003