Case34.
A.P. Critchlow & Co., Manufacturers of Daguerreotype Cases. A.P.C. & Co. are the Original Inventors of the Composition for the Union Case. 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. There is an excellent and clean daguerreotype housed in the case, resealed. This image was purchased from photographer David Armstrong in Brooklyn, NY, Jan. ’09. VG+ $250


Case43.
Sixth-plate octagonal thermoplastic case Game of Chess (Berg 1-122), manufactured by Littlefield, Parsons & Co. VG. $95

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. $300

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. $350

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. $850

Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case The Holy Family  Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case The Holy Family  Half-Plate Thermoplastic Case The Holy Family
Case77. 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. $1200

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. $300

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

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

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. $250

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-. $500

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. $600

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

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

Man with Bulls Ambrotype
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

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

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. $95

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 worthy of research. VG. $1500

 
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

 
OTT64. Sixth-plate tintype 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


Case120. Sixth-plate thermoplastic case The Daguerreian Gallery (Berg 1-118) with ambrotype of woman. E. $250


Case121. Quarter-plate MOP Brady-type case which holds two images. E. $200


Frame4. Full plate thermoplastic wall frame made to hold an image 6.5″ x 8.5.” Patented Aug. 7, 1855. There is one minor, nearly unnoticeable crack line.  VG. $650


Case123. Double sixth-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-14, Mother Embracing Child 2) with 4 ruby ambrotypes. VG. $325


Case124. Double sixth-plate thermoplastic case by S. Peck & Co. (Berg 2-4, Spray of Stawberries) with two ambrotypes, 1 a ruby, 1 on clear glass. VG. $300


Case125. Quarter-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-44, Lyre in Wide Portal) with ambrotype of bearded gentleman. VG. $250

 
Case126. Sixth-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-81, Profile of Learned Man). Ambrotype of gentleman within. E. $275

 
Case127. Sixth-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-104, Calmady Children). Daguerreotype of handsome gentleman within. Image is resealed. VG. $275


Case128. Sixth-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 2-69, Belt and Buckle 1), with mat, glass and preserver. VG. $150


Frame5. Oval thermoplastic case measuring 6″ x 5.25″ with an image opening of 3.5″ x 2.875.” VG. $75


Lit3000. I read with great interest Sean Nolan’s article in the 2017-2018 Daguerreian Annual titled “A Tale of Two Collectors: The Daguerreotype / Literary Annual Connection.” A while back I acquired this beautiful book titled The Keepsake: A Gift for the Holidays, published by John C. Riker in New York in 1853. I was attracted to it initially thinking it would house a full-plate daguerreotype and was surprised to see that it was a book made for gifting.The beautiful Mother-of-Pearl cover is similar to daguerreotype cases and Sean’s article delineates the connection. This book was Presented to “Carrie by brother Horace, Christmas 1866.” It’s profusely illustrated with fine steel engravings and would have made a wonderful gift. It measures 9.5″ x 7.” VG. $150


Case131-ss42. Double sixth-plate thermoplastic case (Berg 1-14, Mother Embracing Child 2) with 4 sixth-plate images. The image at the lower right is a daguerreotype by Anson, NY and the other 3 images are yellow glass ambrotypes. The case is in fine condition with sharp corners. VG. $250


Case133-ss43. Half-plate thermoplastice case (Berg 1-10, Wedding Procession). There is a paper photo of a woman housed in the case. The case has one nicked corner, a little play at the hinges, otherwise is in very condition and clicks shut. The design of this case is based on Longfellow’s poem “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” and a detailed description of it can be found in Krainik, p. 32. VG. $250


Case134-ss40. Quarter-plate Union case (Berg 1-17S, Washington Monument, Richmond, Va. on one side; Berg 3-16, Geometric on other side). There is an ambrotype of a family housed within. Other than some brown discoloration on the Monument side of the case, it is in fine condition with sharp corners, strong hinges and clicks shut. VG. $250


Case135-ss37. Sixth-plate Union case (Berg 1-65, Bobby Shafto) with two fine ambrotypes of chidlren. Case has some nicks and chips at two corners, crack line by one hinge, play in one hinge. G. $225


Case136-ss39. Quarter-plate Union case (Berg 1-23, General Marion’s Invitation to Dinner). There is a relievo ambrotype of two men and a boy in the case. The man at center is prominently displaying a case with medical or dental tools. The case has two nicked corners, good hinges, clicks shut. $500


Case137-ss22. Sixth-plate Union case (Berg 1-93, Child in Tree, Farm Scene) with ruby ambrotype of woman. Case is in excellent condition, strong hinges, clicks shut. E. $175


D928. Double sixth-plate Union case (Berg 1-14, Mother Embracing Child 2) with two daguerreotypes by Anson, NY. One is tinted. Both images were resealed by Ken Appollo in the early 1990’s. there is one chip on the rim of the case, a few nicks, strong hinges, clicks shut. G. $250


Miltt3. Quarter-plate tintype of two uniformed men with rifles. On the kepi of the man on right is “11 GSB.” This is the German Schuetzen Bund Washington Rifles, either NY or NJ. The image is housed in a rare Union case (Berg 1-46, Horse Racing) in excellent condition. VG. $750