Sixth-plate ambrotype of a little boy on a donkey. The hatband and the bow around his neck are tinted blue. Housed in an odd full black rough and pebbly case, almost like black emory board material. VG. $235

Half-plate ambrotype of gentleman in beautiful black oval frame. Image measures about 7″ x 6″ from impression through paper on back of frame although I can’t be sure of the actual size as the frame is professionally sealed. The actual image size that appears in the frame is 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4.” The overall frame is 12″ x 10.” There is a small partial crack on the inner circle at the bottom of the frame that is barely noticeable; otherwise it is in beautiful shape. Wire attached at back for hanging. (5550) $195

Quarter plate ambrotype of two bearded men with hats and blanket in horse drawn carriage. The axles and parts of the horse’s harness are highlighted with gold tinting. The ambrotype is housed in a full thermoplastic case (Krainik #75-Scroll) and is in very good condition but one corner is chipped. All other corners are sharp and clasp works well. The case is by Holmes, Booth & Hayden. $375

Quarter-plate ambrotype of a mother and daughter. Housed in a thermoplastic case Lyre in Wide Portal (Berg 1-45). This case has two Krainik reference numbers as the two sides are different: 42. Scroll with Patterned Center & Stars and 44. The Memorial. This latter is the only case bearing the die engraver’s anem (R. Paine). Case is manufactured by S. Peck & Co., New Haven, Ct. It’s in fine condition with sharp corners, although missing velvet mat. $395

This lot consists of a sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of a man holding a Union Case flanked by two women along with the framed tintype made as an enlargement of this image. The visible tintype image area is 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ and the frame is 11 3/4″ x 13.” On the back of the frame is a worn label which reads in part “Copied by Hildreth, Young & Co., McLean’s Block, Main St., Union City, Pa., North Troy, Vt., Clinton, Iowa, Montreal P.Q., Washington D.C. The only manufacturers in the United Stated of the Photocrome Picture.” Note how the larger image is reversed from the ambrotype. A great pair, fortunately still together. VG. $300

Sixth-plate ambrotype of a standing Civil War soldier with rifle with bayonet. Housed in a full split leather case. G. $325

Amb82. Sixth-plate outdoor ambrotype of probably a brother and sister with wheeled carts and tools. Big smile on the young man. Housed in a split leather case whose top side is missing three slats. VG. $175

Full plate ambrotype titled in pencil on verso “Ed Sullivan at Niagara Falls 1871.” Housed in a chipped paper mat and preserver with top hook for hanging. Uncased. This is a most unusual Niagara ambrotype as most show happy couples or families often in coaches, etc. But Ed is alone, in what looks like rain gear with some flaps over his head. And he does not look happy at all. VG+. $1500

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

Industrial Machine Ambrotype  Industrial Machine Ambrotype
Amb98. Quarter plate ruby ambrotype of three men in hats paying close attention to a machine of some sort. It appears that the man at left has a sausage in his had. There is a small platform attached to the machine with some objects on it. I haven’t been able to figure this one out. Housed in a full leather case. VG. $850

Loving Embrace Ambrotype  Loving Embrace Ambrotype
Amb99. Sixth plate ambrotype of a mother’s loving embrace of her child. Housed in a full leather case. VG. $475

Ruby Ambrotype Boy with Drum
Amb103. Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of young boy in striped shirt with drumsticks in hand, large drum by his side on which he rests one hand. House in a full leather case, repaired at spine. VG. $600

Sea Captain with Telescope and Wife  Sea Captain with Telescope and Wife
Amb105. Quarter-plate ambrotype of probably a sea captain with 3 draw brass telescope and his well-dressed wife. Her scarf is tinted and she has a far-off worried look about her. Housed in a full, split leather case. VG. $450

Railroad Engineer Ambrotype  Railroad Engineer Ambrotype
Amb106. Quarter-plate ruby ambrotype of 3 railroad engineers in caps. Man on right holds a large wrench, man on left holds a rag and an oil can which is actually placed on the shoulder of the center man. Housed in a full leather case. VG. $1500

Identified Checkers Players Ambrotype  Identified Checkers Players Ambrotype  Identified Checkers Players Ambrotype
Amb107. Quarter-plate ruby ambrotype of 5 identified men, 2 of them playing checkers. Behind the image on the inside of the case is written: “Grand father playing on left & Uncle David behind him. Father right at back,” “Other two I think will be Mr. Ross & Mr. Findlay,” “Mr. Ross Mr. Findlay James McKissock, David McKissock L. front, John McKissock Rt. front, About 1855, Maybole Scotland.” Housed in a half leather case with top slat missing as shown. VG. $1200

African-American Man Ambrotype  African-American Man Ambrotype  African-American Man Ambrotype  African-American Man Ambrotype
Amb108. Sixth-plate ambrotype of a bearded African-American man. Housed in thermoplastic case (Berg 3-190, Geometric). VG. $1500

Half-plate Ambrotype of Town Scene by RR Tracks  Half-plate Ambrotype of Town Scene by RR Tracks
Amb110. Half-plate ambrotype of Stuyvesant, NY in Columbia County. The name of the town is plainly written on the side of the building at the left. One can also see the name “S.H. Wendover” which is on the sign on the top of the building right of center. S.H. Wendover was a NYS Senator in 1878 & 1879 and was from Stuyvesant. He was Chairman of the Committee on Banks. In 1865 he served on the disbursement committee in Stuyvesant for the distribution of Civil War enrollment bounties to raise troops for the cause. He is also listed as President of the National Union Bank in Kinderhook in 1879 and as a shareholder in the National Albany Exchange Bank in 1877. Housed in a split, full leather case. There are a number of other signs readable in the image. VG. $2000

Harness Maker Ambrotype  Harness Maker Ambrotype
Amb111. Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of a harness maker. He is working on a leather harness. Housed in a full leather case. VG. $600

Mascher's Improved Stereoscope  Mascher's Improved Stereoscope
Amb112. Mascher’s Improved Stereoscope, Philadelphia. Quarter-plate case with a stereoscopic ambrotype of a couple. The spots and lines on the ambrotype are due to the flaked backing and are easily fixed by placing black paper or felt behind the image. VG. $650

Post Mortem Ambrotype
Amb122. Sixth-plate ambrotype post mortem of a young child, flowers in her hand. Housed in a half leather case. VG. $350

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

English Policeman, Peeler, and Wife Halvorson Case Halvorson Case
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

Ambrotype of Affectionate Siblings
Amb144. Sixth-plate ambrotype of affectionate siblings. Housed in a half leather case. VG. $125

Ambrotype of African-American Woman amb146a
Amb146. Sixth-plate ambrotype of African-American woman. Housed in a full leather case. $450

Fancy Dude Ambrotype
Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of long-haired, bearded gentleman in white suit with cap. Quite a flamboyant character I’d say and very modern looking. I may have run into this guy at the Electric Circus in 1970. Housed in a half leather case. VG. $300

amb150 amb150a Woman with book ambrotype amb150b
Amb150. Sixth-plate ambrotype of a seated woman, posed before a beautiful scenic backdrop, just looking up from the book in her lap. Is the photographer interrupting her reading? This image is housed in a rare book-like case (Berg 4-27, George Washington in a Circle). VG. $275

amb154 English Ambrotype Woman on Horse
Amb154. Fine Sixth-plate English ambrotype of woman on horse held by handler, on the beach. In background on left one can see portable beach changing rooms. Housed in a full, split leather case. VG. $500

Horse and Buggy ambrotype
Amb155. Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of 4 gentleman and their one-horse open buggy. Three of the men sit in the buggy and one stands by its side. There are buildings in the distance and on the left. There is some gold spot tinting. There is no case. G. $95

Man with Bulls Ambrotype
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

Man with Dog Ambrotype
Amb167. Sixth-plate ambrotype of seated man with his large, seated dog. Housed in a half leather case. VG. $375

Framed Ambrotype
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
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

John Gassler Civil War Soldier John Gassler Civil War Soldier
CWAMB19. Sixth-plate tinted ambrotype of John Gassler, Private, NY 8th Infantry. Enlisted on 4/23/1861 at NYC; mustered into “C” Co., NY 8th Infantry. MO on 4/23/1863 at Brooks’ Station, Va. His name is scratched into image and he is wearing his pack. He lived at 55 TenEyck St., Brooklyn, NY. He was a cabinet maker born in Germany. He died on April 11, 1912 at age 77. The 8th (the 1st German Rifles) was recruited in New York City, there mustered into the U.S. service on April 23, 1861, for two years, and left for Washington on May 27. At Miller’s farm the troops encamped and on July 10 were ordered to move toward Manassas as part of the 2nd brigade, 4th division of the Army of the Potomac. During the Battle of Bull Run the 8th was held in reserve and assisted in covering the retreat. The following winter it was quartered at Roach’s mills and Hunter’s Chapel, Va.; moved to Winchester in March, 1862, and in May joined Gen. Fremont at Petersburg, WV. It participated in the pursuit of Gen. Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley, and as part of Blenker’s division fought at the battles of Cross Keys and New Market. In the battle of Cross Keys its killed, wounded and missing numbered 220 out of a total of 550 engaged. At Middletown, the 8th was assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 1st corps, Army of Virginia, under Gen. Pope, and with that army took part in the battles of Sulphur Springs and the second Bull Run. In September, it became a part of the 11th corps and reached Fredericksburg immediately after the battle; camped during the winter at Stafford Court House and Brooks’ Station, and was mustered out of the service at the latter place on April 23, 1863.  Housed in a full leather case. With his service papers, death certificate, pension papers, etc. VG. $1750

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

Telegrapher AmbrotypeTelegrapher Ambrotype amb186 amb186a
Amb186. Ninth-plate ambrotype of telegrapher, his equipment on the table by his side. Housed in a full geometric thermoplastic case. VG. $150

John Patton Anderson with Dog
Half-plate ambrotype of John Patton Anderson with his dog. Housed in a full, split leather case with a loose slat or two. Also included in this lot is a paper photo in an oval, decorative metal frame with hook, which measures 3.75″ x 2.625.” G. $650

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 worthy of research. VG. $1500

amb202a Half Plate Fireman Ambrotype
Amb202. Half plate ambrotype by Alpheus Underwood, Chicopee, Mass. of Edward Lucien Dunbar. Born April 23, 1815 in Springfield, PA and brought to CT shortly after birth, his parents native state. He was involved in the manufacture of clock springs in Bristol CT and was involved in the formation of the Bristol Engine and Hose Company. He died Aug. 7, 1872. His wife was Julia Warner Dunbar and they had 3 sons and 3 daughters. The hat reads “Foreman.” Housed in full leather case. VG. $2000

Amb205. Ninth-plate ambrotype of child with spiked hair. Housed in a full, split leather case. G. $25

amb207 amb207a
Amb207. Beautiful ambrotype, 5″ x 4″ of a woman, a girl, and a dog, attractively posed. Housed in full leather case. VG. $500

Covered Wagon Ambrotype
Amb212. Quarter-plate tinted ambrotype of a man walking back to his covered wagon. He has what looks like a small barrel or canister held against his body. Some sort of merchant I’d guess. Housed in a full leather case. VG. (8099) $600

Plow with Oxen Ambrotype
Amb213. Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of a man with plow being pulled by two large horned oxen. A young man stands by the oxen. Housed in a full, split leather case. VG. (7994) $750

Quarter-plate ambrotype of what look like two brothers. Housed in full leather case. G. $95

amb218 amb218a
Amb218. Quarter-plate ambrotype of family. Housed in full leather case repaired at spine. VG. $125

Amb234. Full plate framed ambrotype of 3 children, likely siblings. The open image area within the frame measures 7″ x 5″ and the wooden frame measure 12″ x 10.” Some wear to frame, a minor crack toward the bottom. VG. $450

Amb235. Ninth-plate ambrotype identified by slip of paper as “Harriet H. Reynolds & Oudine E. Reynolds When Young.” From Saco River Auction, Biddeford, Maine, November 13, 2013. Housed in a full, split leather case. Fair. $35

Brady Flip Case
Amb236. Sixth-plate ambrotype of child by Matthew Brady in Brady flip case. From Sean Nolan’s Fixed in Time: “In the mid 1850s Matthew Brady…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 Brady 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 ambroytpes.” Rear cover nearly detached. VG. $250

Amb237. Pair of sixth-plate ambrotypes of gentlemen in a Brady flip case. Front cover is detached. VG. $250

Full Plate Niagara Falls Ambrotype
Amb239. Full Plate Niagara Falls Ambrotype housed in glass and preserver, no case. VG. $750

Amb241. Pair of sixth-plate ambroytpes, probably sister and brother, housed in a thermoplastic case by Littlefield, Parsons & Co. (Berg 1-99, Mother Embracing Child 2). Case has sharp corners, few tiny nicks. VG. $145

Amb242. Moffat, Edinburgh. Sixth-plate tinted ambrotype of a gentleman in overcoat holding a book. Housed in a full case with Moffat’s gold imprint. VG. $125

Amb243. Sixth-plate ambrotype of young girl leaning on book on table. Housed in a full leather case. VG. $75

Amb247. Half-plate ambrotype of a family. Housed in a full, split leather case with the cover missing one rail. There is an eagle design on the case cover. G. $75

Amb248. Pair of sixth-plate ambrotypes identified by vintage slip of paper as “Rachel and Abram Demarest, Mother and Father of Mary Demarest Smith. Married March 29, 1862.” On back of slip is written “Probably taken about 1862.” Abraham Demarest was born in Schraalenburgh, Bergen, N.J. on Sept. 7, 1834 and died in Bergen on April 16, 1916. Thermoplastic case is by Littlefield, Parsons & Co., and is Berg 3-141, Geometric and is in excellent condition. VG. $200

Amb249. Octagonal sixth-plate ambrotype by Hopper, 228 1/2 Bleecker St., NY of “Abram A.G. Demarest, Father of Mary D. Smith, Born Sept. 7, 1834.” The photographer is Abraham D. Hopper who operated at this address 1857-1860. Thermoplastic case is Berg 3-214, Geometric. It has one nick o/w VG. $125

Amb250. Octagonal ninth-plate ambrotype identified on slip of paper as “Rachel Demarest, Wife of A.A.G. Demarest, Mother of Mary D. Smith 1859, Age 18 yrs.” on Back of slip is written “Taken in 1859.” Thermoplastic case is by A.P. Critchlow & Co. and is Berg 3-398, Geometric. Case has significant chips at top. G. $65

Amb252. Half-plate ambrotype of gentleman, probably the photographer, with his arm around a daguerreotype camera. This image was once part of the Robert W. Lisle Collection. Housed in a full, split leather case. VG. (8335) $8500

Amb253. Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of a coxswain. He wears a hat and holds a horn. The letters on the horn and on his chest appear to  “PBC” but may be “PBG.” If “PBC” he could be from the Potomac Boat Club, a rowing club on the Potomac River in Washington, DC. It was established in 1859, originally as the Potomac Barge Club. Housed in a full leather case. VG. (7618) $1500

Amb256. Quarter-plate tinted English ambrotype of a woman. Housed in a full leather case. E. $150

Ambroytpe by Keith
Amb257. Ambrotype by Keith, Liverpool, 5″ x 4″ of a father affectionately holding his two beautiful children. Housed in a split, full case although the cover is missing 3 side slats. G.  $275

Girl with kitten
Amb258. Ninth-plate ambrotype of a girl holding what looks like a white kitten. Housed in a full leather case. G. $75

English Military Ambrotype
Sixth-plate tinted military ambrotype. I think it’s English and possibly a Grenadiers Home service uniform. Housed in a full leather case. VG. $400

Amb261. Attractive ambrotype of young woman, 5″ x 4,” in frame from P. Ceppi & Sons, Dublin. While I can’t say for certain that this image was made in Ireland, since it was framed there it is a reasonable guess. Lightly tinted. VG. $200

Amb264. Full-plate ambrotype of fine scene at Niagara Falls. On back is written “Daniel I & Juia A. Travaner(?). Sept. 26, 1868.” Not sure of the last name. Housed in a paper mat and preserver. VG. $750

Amb265. Stereo-Ambrotype from the Crystal Palace showing Una and the Lion. VG. $250

Amb266. Sixth-plate tinted relievo ambrotype of military man.  Housed in a full leather  nearly split, tape repair on spine. VG. $250

Amb268. Sixth-plate ambrotype of a gentleman. Housed in a full leather case. VG. $50

Amb269. Sixth-plate ambrotype of plumbers. One man stands with a pipe with faucet in one hand, and a hammer in the other leaning on his shoulder. There is another hammer on the table. Other man holds a rolled up paper, probably a blueprint or plan for what they are working on. Housed in a thermoplastic case (Berg 1-113, Lady with Falcon 2). Case is fine, sharp corners, no cracks, clicks shut. VG. (8084) $450

Amb270. Double ninth-plate case (Berg 3-47, Geometric) with two ambrotypes. One is a ruby ambrotype. Case is by Littlefield, Parsons & Co. Most corners of the case have nicks, good hinges, snaps shut. VG. $150

Amb271. This tinted ambrotype of an attractive young woman measures 4 7/8″ x 4.” It has a brass mat and an additional gold-lined cardboard mat covered by glass and is housed in a case which measures 7″ x 5 3/8.” The image area within the case is 6 1/2″ x 4 3/4.” This is an English image and case. Case is intact and solid and clicks shut. VG. $150

Amb273. Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of an attractive woman wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, quite risque for the period. Housed in a full, split leather case. VG. $275

Amb274. Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of an interestingly-dressed, bearded man. He is wearing a sash around his waist. Gives me the impression that he is a southern gentleman but it’s not something I’m at all certain of. Housed in a half leather case. G. $250

CWamb24. Ninth-plate Civil War era Confederate dead letter ambrotype. This ambrotype was mailed in an envelope to Mrs. M. J. Butler, Clarksville, Tenn. and went unclaimed. 40 cents postage was paid on the mailing. The address was cut from the envelope and pasted to the cover of the case so that it could possibly be claimed. It went unclaimed and ended up at a dead letter auction some long time ago. VG. $150

CWamb25. Ninth-plate ruby ambrotype of soldier prominently displaying his weapon. Housed in a full thermoplastic geometric case by Holmes, Booth & Hayden. G. $200

CWamb26. Confederate S.M. Rogers, Private. Dead Letter ninth-plate tinted ambrotype addressed to Enterprise Mississippi. Housed in full, split leather case. G. $850

Amb276. Quarter-plate ambrotype of 4 floppy-hatted men in working garb with a few tools. Housed in a full leather case. (8510) VG. $1500

Amb277. Half-plate ruby ambrotype of people at Niagara Falls. Housed in a complete MOP case. (8126) VG. $1000

Amb278. Quarter-plate tinted occupational ambrotype of a merchant with his loaded wagon. Housed in a full, split leather case. (4620) VG. $2000

Amb280. Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of a seated, bearded gentleman with his hand on a skull on a table by his side. As Hamlet reminds us: “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that.” Housed in a half leather case. G. $950

Amb281. Sixth-plate tinted ambrotype of a pre-Civil War military musician with an E flat contrabass over the shoulder (OTS) saxhorn (tuba) probably produced by Graves & Co., Boston. Image came with a slip of paper which reads: “F.B. Hough. Taken June 1850 at Somerville by Mr. Geo. C. Dean.” The ‘1850’ is not correct as this image is most likely late 1850’s. In fact, his shako looks like it has an 1858 NYS Militia insignia. Housed in a wooden frame with top hook for hanging. VG. $750