Case18. Double-ninth plate thermoplastic case, Children Playing with Toys (Krainik 559). Contained within are two ambrotypes. Case is by Littlefield, Parsons & Co. The ambrotype of the woman has a mat with “V.W. Goodwin” on it. Case is worn, with many nicks and a chipped area around the left clasp. $135

              
Case32.
A.P. Critchlow & Co., Improved Riveted Hinge. Patented Oct. 14, 1856, and April 21, 1857. Oval thermoplastic case, 2″ x 1 .75,” Children at the Fence (Berg 1-175). With daguerreotype of young man with original seals intact. Case is worn and chipped, without velvet pad, but quite uncommon.. Obtained in Chester, NY, Jan. ’09. Fair. $150

        
Case34.
A.P. Critchlow & Co., Manufacturers of Daguerreotype Cases. A.P.C. & Co. are the Original Inventors of the Composition for the Union Case, (so called,) including all the various shades of color and fineness of texture peculiar to their manufacture and of the Embracing Riveted Hinges, thus securing them from breaking out as do others that are inserted with or without a metal brace. Hinge Patented Oct. 14, 1856. In that the second patent date is missing from this printing of the paper insert, one might surmise that it was produced after Oct. 14, 1856 but prior to April 27, 1857. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case Roger de Coverly and the Gypsies Fortune 1 (Berg 1-37). Case is in fine condition, tight and strong, without nicks or cracks except is missing velvet pad. This case is black as opposed to the Case33 which is brown. There is an excellent and clean daguerreotype housed in the case, with its original seals intact. Obtained in Bklyn, NY, Jan. ’09. VG+ $395


Case43.
Sixth-plate octagonal thermoplastic case Game of Chess (Berg 1-122), manufactured by Littlefield, Parsons & Co. VG. $150


Case55.
Double-sixth plate thermoplastic case (Berg 2-3, Bowl of Flowers), Littlefield, Parsons, & Co. Corners are sharp, one small nick along one side. Housed within are a pair of tintypes of an elderly couple. VG. $200

Union Case-Rebekah at the Well with Ruby Ambrotype Union Case-Rebekah at the Well with Ruby Ambrotype Union Case-Rebekah at the Well with Ruby Ambrotype
Case60. Sixth-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-85, Rebekah at the Well) with attractive, tinted ruby ambrotype of mother and two children. E. $350

Union Case-Clam Shell with Tintype of Hunters Union Case-Clam Shell with Tintype of Hunters Union Case-Clam Shell with Tintype of Hunters
Case61. Sixth-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 2-67, Clam Shell) with tintype of gentlemen hunters with weapons and canes. In back of case is written “Feb. 4, 1855” and has the printed line “Patent applied for.” Case hinge is loose and there is a chip at top. G. $300

Thermoplastic Frame Thermoplastic Frame
Case62. Thermoplastic Frame measuring 8″ x 7″ currently holding 4 ninth-plate ambrotypes. Display opening is 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4.” There is a crack on the top right visible on the back but otherwise this is solid and in very good condition. $400

Navy Man Ambrotype  Navy Man Ambrotype  Navy Man Ambrotype
Amb100. A.P. Trott, [Boston]. The image is backed with the business card of this photographer. The mat is stamped “McElroy” in lower left corner. Sixth-plate ambrotype of a Navy man, housed in a thermoplastic wall frame, chipped at lower right corner. VG. $850

Mascher's Improved Stereoscope  Mascher's Improved Stereoscope
Case63. Quarter-plate Mascher’s Improved Stereoscope case. One side of the thermoplastic case is Berg 1-33, The Lord’s  Prayer and the other side is Berg 1-45, Lyre in Wide Portal. The case is in excellent condition with sharp corners. Paper photos are housed in the mat. The children are identified on the backs of the images as from the Messer family, London, December 1900. This was the way this case was obtained. E. $425

Quarter-Plate Union Case  Quarter-Plate Union Case  Quarter-Plate Union Case
Case66. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-45, Lyre in the Wide Portal (rare)), variant. With ambrotype identified behind image as “Little Freddie Gilman, Taken July 1856 when he was 8 months old.” There is also a poem written in case.  Case is by S. Peck & Co., New Haven, Conn. Case is in excellent condition. $450

Quarter-Plate Union Case  Quarter-Plate Union Case  Quarter-Plate Union Case
Case68. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 3-17, Geometric), with daguerreotype of man. Case is in excellent condition. $400

Oreo Thermoplastic Case  Oreo Thermoplastic Case  Oreo Thermoplastic Case
Case73. Oreo thermoplastic case (Berg 3-499). One side black, one side brown. With tintype. Small nicks. $75

Half-Plate Thermoplastic Frame with Tintype  Half-Plate Thermoplastic Frame with Tintype
Case75. Half-plate thermoplastic wall frame with tintype of a railroad depot. Frame is in excellent condition, tintype is VG. $1200

Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case American Country Life  Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case American Country Life  Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case American Country Life
Case76. Half-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-11, American Country Life 2) by Littlefield, Parsons & Co with ambrotype of young woman. VG. $950

Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case The Holy Family  Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case The Holy Family  Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case The Holy Family
Case 77. Half-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-8, The Holy Family [very rare]) by Holmes, Booth & Hayden with ambrotype of couple. The case and image are in very good condition with sharp corners but there is some minor play in the hinges. VG. $1600

Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case Profile of Leaned Man  Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case Profile of Leaned Man  Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case Profile of Leaned Man
Case78. Sixth-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-81, Profile of Learned Man [rare]) by S. Peck and H. Halverson with tintype of man. Case in very good condition with sharp corners. VG. $500

Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with 2 Identified Daguerreotypes  Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with 2 Identified Daguerreotypes
Case79. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 3-9, Geometric [rare]) with two identified daguerreotypes. Vintage slips of paper identify the sitters as “John W. Barker, son of Samuel and Mary Ann Barker. Born at Sachem’s Head, Feb. 1828,” and “Mary Sperry Barker, wife of John W. Barker, born in New Haven, Sept. 1829.” On the backs of both slips of paper is written “Property Marguerite P. Chapman.” Images have original seals but I’d advise replacing them so that one can clean or replace the glass. Case in VG condition. $1100

Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype  Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype  Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype  Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype
Case80. Half-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-12, American Country Life 2) by A.P. Critchlow & Co. with tintype of Civil War soldier with rifle posed before campsite backdrop. Inside of case behind image has some brown staining. Image has some stain at top right as shown. Case is good with few nicks and some play at hinges. G. $875

Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case Lady with Falcon with Daguerreotype  Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case Lady with Falcon with Daguerreotype  Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case Lady with Falcon with Daguerreotype
Case81. Sixth-plate thermoplastic case (one side is Berg 1-114, Lady with Falcon [VVR]; other side is 1-113, Lady with Falcon 2). With daguerreotype of two children. Image has been resealed. Case is excellent with sharp corner. E. $750

Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype  Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype  Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype  Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype
Case82. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 3-19, Geometric) by Littlefield, Parsons & Co. with tintype of Civil War cavalry soldier with rifle. I think there is an “8” and an “11” on his hat but not sure. Case is good with one chipped corner and a chip on the side. G. $750

Double Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case  Double Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case  Double Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case
Case83. Double sixth-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-14, Mother Embracing Child 2) by A.P. Critchlow & Co. with two tintypes. Case is in very good condition with sharp corner, few tiny nicks. VG. $395

Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype  Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype  Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype  Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War Soldier Tintype
Case84. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-37, Roger deCoverly and the Gypsies Fortune 1) by A.P. Critchlow & Co. with Civil War soldier tintype with rifle posed before studio backdrop. Case in very good condition with sharp corners. VG. $750

Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case Profile of Washington  Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case Profile of Washington  Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case Profile of Washington  Sixth-Plate Thermoplastic Case Profile of Washington
Case85. Sixth-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-72, Profile of Washington Facing Right [R]) with tintype of girl. Case has been repaired in the past at the hinges and is chipped around the hinges. Case does not lie flat. Few other chips as well. Fair but rare. $375

Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War soldier Tintype  Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War soldier Tintype  Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War soldier Tintype  Quarter-Plate Thermoplastic Case with Civil War soldier Tintype
Case86. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 3-43, Geometric) by S. Peck & Co., with tintype of Civil War soldier seated before scenic backdrop, holding sword. Velvet on case is worn and has been shedding. Case has one corner chip and few other small nicks. G. $850

Two Lovers Going to the Well Thermoplastic Case  Two Lovers Going to the Well Thermoplastic Case
Case90. Thermoplastic Case (Berg 1-16, Two Lovers Going to the Well), 5.75″ x 4,” by A.P. Critchlow & Co. This rare case is made to house 2 ninth-plate and 3 sixteenth-plate images. The velvet pad is not present. One corner is nicked, there is a chip at one of the clasps, otherwise case is VG-. $650

Quarter Plate Armed Union Soldier Ambrotype Quarter Plate Armed Union Soldier Ambrotype Quarter Plate Armed Union Soldier Ambrotype Quarter Plate Armed Union Soldier Ambrotype
CWAMB8. Quarter-plate armed Union soldier ambrotype housed in thermoplastic case (Berg 1-39, The Dance) by S. Peck & Co. I believe that the soldier holds an Austrian Lorenz rifle. Case and image are E. $950

Quarter-Plate Mascher Magnifying Case with Ambrotype
Amb126. Quarter-plate Mascher’s Magnifying Case with tinted ambrotype of young woman. VG. $650

Horse Racing Union Case Horse Racing Union Case Horse Racing Union Case
Case105. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-46, Horse Racing (VR)). A few very small nicks, corners are sharp. With two sets of mats, preservers, and glass. Note the lighter browning in the background on one side of the case. Working clasp. VG. $750

Cupid and the Stag Union Case Cupid and the Stag Union Case Cupid and the Stag Union Case
Case106. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-28, Cupid and the Stag). Chips and wear, hinges have give. G-. $85

Mixed Fruit & Flowers Union Oval Case Mixed Fruit & Flowers Union Oval Case Mixed Fruit & Flowers Union Oval Case
Case107. Ninth-plate oval thermoplastic case by Littlefield, Parsons & Co. (Berg 2-105, Mixed Fruit & Flowers). With tintype of two men.VG. $95

English Policeman, Peeler, and Wife Halvorson Case Halvorson Case
Amb137. Sixth-plate ambrotype of an early English policeman, known at first as “Peelers,” later as “Bobbies.” Both of these names are derived from Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, who set up the first ‘modern’ police force in the UK. Peelers wore reinforced top hats and frock coats. The woman by his side is likely his wife. The image is housed in a metal Halvorson case. VG. $575

Quarter-plate leather case Quarter-plate leather case
Case109. Leather case, measures 4 3/8″ x 3 11/16″ with an image opening of 4″ x 3.25.” Spine and hooks intact and working. G. $75

Brady flip case Brady flip case
Case110. Quarter-plate “Brady flip case.” Here is what Sean Nolan, in his excellent research publication “Fixed in Time,” says: “In the mid 1850s Matthew Brady, owner of a chain of photographic studios and already famous for ‘The Gallery of Illustrious Americans,’ was an early adopter of Cutting’s new ambrotype process. Brady, who was a case-maker before he was a photographer, designed a new case to show off the then novel aspects of an image on glass. Brady’s ‘flip case’ allowed the ambrotype to be seen from either side. Brady’s use of ambrotypes was brief, as Cutting sued Brady (among others) for patent infringement when he failed to pay Cutting’s hefty licensing fee. Ambrotype flip cases presumably date from between 1854, when Cutting received his patents, and 1856, when Brady stopped taking ambrotypes.” VG. $150

Slightly larger than Quarter Plate case Slightly larger than Quarter Plate case
Case111. Leather case with dimensions 4 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ with an opening for an image of 4 3/8″ x 3 3/8.” This is slightly larger than a quarter plate case which has an image space of 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4.” It will hold a regular quarter plate image if you put some shims in around the image. VG. $150

cwtt64 cwtt64a cwtt64b
CWTT64. Quarter-plate tintype of Civil War soldier or possibly civilian, posed before fine scenic backdrop with American flag, housed in a collectible thermoplastic case (Berg 1-39, The Dance) in very good condition. If not a soldier, this man could be any one of the various civilians that were present with soldiers such as a sutler, a teamster, etc. G. $650

Man with Bulls Ambrotype amb166a amb166b amb166c
Amb166. Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of a man with his two very well-behaved bulls. Housed in a rare thermoplastic case (Berg 3-63, Geometric with Glass Window). VG. $750

Sir Henry Havelock Case case112a case112b case112c
Case112. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-27, Sir Henry Havelock) by Littlefield, Pasons & Co. Berg lists this case as rare. This one comes with glass, preserver, and mat and is in excellent condtion. $495

cwtt77bcwtt77cCivil War Artillery Sergeant Tintype cwtt77a
CWTT77. Quarter-plate tintype of Civil War Artillery Sergeant with sword posed before scenic backdrop in Union Case (Berg 1-22 Capture of Major Andre). G. $450

Civil War Drummer Civil War Drummer Tinted Civil War Drummer cwamb17
CWAMB17. 
Sixth-plate tinted yellow glass ambrotype of Civil War drummer. Housed in a Littlefield, Parsons & Co. thermoplastic case (Berg1-55, Eagle and Flag). Case is in very good condition, with working clasp and hinges, no chips. VG. $1200

Civil War Soldier TIntype Civil War Soldier TIntype cwtt80b cwtt80
CWTT80. Quarter-plate tintype of Civil War soldier with rifle with bayonet posed before scenic camp backdrop. Housed in a Littlefield, Parsons & Co. thermoplastic case (Berg 1-36, Lady with Falcon). Case has some chips, clasps and hinges are fine. Image is VG. $675

Framed Ambrotype
Amb171. 
Tinted framed ambrotype of a woman. Image measures about 4″ x 3.” Entire frame measures 9″ x 8.” Frame is a combination of wood and thermoplastic. With hook ready for hanging. G. $200

Framed Ambrotype
Amb172. 
Tinted framed ambrotype of a woman. Image measures about 4″ x 3.” Entire frame measures 9″ x 8.” Frame is a combination of wood and thermoplastic. There is a crack on the ambrotype. With hook ready for hanging. G-. $100

Civil War Soldier Ambrotype cwamb18a cwamb18
CWAMB18. Quarter-plate tinted ambrotype of Civil War soldier. Housed in a thermoplastic case by Scovill Mf’g Co. (Berg 1-18, Crossed Cannon). Case has one nick o/w G. Image is VG. $675

Hidden Mother Ambrotype Hidden Mother Ambrotype Hidden Mother Ambrotype Hidden Mother Ambrotype
Amb178. Ninth-plate hidden mother clear glass ambrotype in Union case (Berg 1-162, A Game of Chess) by Littlefield, Parsons & Co. VG. $125

Civil War Sergeant Ambrotype Civil War Sergeant Ambrotype cwamb20a
CWAMB20. Quarter-plate ambrotype of Civil War sergeant with rifle and bayonet before camp scene backdrop housed in a Union case (Berg 1-34, Harvest Motif) with two chipped corners. It is odd to see a solider posed in a studio with both a classical pillar and a camp backdrop in the same image. G. $450

Washington Crossing the Delaware Full Plate Case case115a case115b case115c
Case115. Hartford Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Conn. Washington Crossing the Delaware full-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 102). There are a few small nicks and chips but overall this case is very good and tight. Hinges are fine, no cracks, etc. VG. $2800

 H.A. Garrett and Friends Ambrotype amb201a amb201b Thermoplastic Case American Country Life Thermoplastic Case American Country Life
Amb201. Half-plate ambrotype of “H.A. Garrett and Friends 1858. Aug.” When I obtained this the ambrotype and the front of its case were framed side by side long ago for wall display. I took the frame apart and was disappointed to find that only the front of the case was framed and there was no bottom half. I placed the image in a scenic thermoplastic case (Berg 1-11, American County Life 1). The case has a few nicks and chips along sides. The image shows one man writing on scrolled paper; another stands with an open book; and the third man is seated with another book on the table. There is also a bottle of ink on the table. The person I purchased this from told me “it came from Virginia and has something to do with the Railroad.” There certainly is a tale here worth of research. VG. $1500

Face in a Flower Case Case116a
Case116. Sixth-plate thermoplastic case by Kinsley & Parker. This is Berg 1-115, Face in a Flower. Listed as very rare. This case is in fine condition, sharp corners, no chips, tight hinges, working clasp. E. (RA648) $500