Collection of images acquired on January 24, 2020 from a gentleman in New Jersey.

Information supplied by the gentleman:

“They came from a woman named Greta Harrison Haldt in 1981.  I had purchased a house from her, built in 1745, and we became friends over the years. When she was elderly she sold her ‘main house’ and left many things in it for me.   The family lineage includes Harry ‘Peale” Haldt, who was related to Charles Wilson Peale and Greta “Booth” Harrison. Some things are available on line but not much. They were a very private family whose lineage has now dwindled to a few. She actually had 4 or 5 paintings by Peale hanging in her ‘Drawing Room’. His most famous is of George Washington and I think that’s in the WH.

The pics are most likely all from Philadelphia where their ancestors came from. Well to do family. There is some connection to Frederick Gutekunst in Philly. Not sure exactly but their were many items by him and his family in her possession.  I   have some of his items.”

Here are the items that are included in this grouping. The images are presented in the state that they were obtained in, without any conservation undertaken.


1. Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a woman posed before a scenic backdrop. Unsealed, housed in a full, split leather case. This woman is also pictured in images “2” and “11” below.


2. Sixth-plate daguerreotype. Identification on seal “Isaac, Mary Jane & Charles.” On plate is “Burr.” Housed in a half leather case, missing a slat. Old reseal, finger prints on daguerreotype. The woman is also pictured in image “1” above and image “11” below.


3. Sixth-plate daguerreotype of older woman in bonnet. Original seal or old reseal. Housed in a full leather case.


4. Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a woman in bonnet. Original seals. Housed in a full leather case. The woman is possibly holding a case. Paper remnant adhered to verso “G. Whites….Market St.”


5. Sixth-plate daguerreotype by Purnell, 159 Chestnut St., Phila. Young man, original seals, housed in a full, split leather case. This address is the same address as Van Loan’s studio.


6. Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a woman wearing what looks like a daguerreian brooch. Unsealed, remnants of original seals behind image. House in a full case with missing rails. Case is in serious disrepair.


7. Sixth-plate daguerreotype of gentleman with long hair and mustache, head turned to our left showing a profile view. Original seals, housed in a full, split leather push-buttom case.


8. Sixth-plate daguerreotype of distinguished gentleman. No seal, no case.


9. Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a woman in bonnet. Unsealed, although seal remains adhered to back of image. Housed in a full, split leather case. Case halves may be mismatched as judged by color.


10. Pair of sixth-plate daguerreotypes of a man and a woman. Original seals. Housed in a thermoplastic case (Berg 2-24, Two Bunches of Grapes). Case has cracks around hinges.


11. Quarter-plate daguerreotype of mother holding her baby in her arm. Unsealed, remnants of original seal retained behind image. Housed in a full, black leather, push-button case with button missing. This woman is also pictured in images “1” and “2” above.


12. Ninth-plate daguerreotype of a gentleman. Paper mat, no case, old reseal.


13. Sixth-plate ambrotype by Gutekunst, 706 Arch St., Phila. of his son “Fred L. Gutekunst aged 6 mos taken Apl 27/61,” written in case. Frederick Louis Gutekunst was born on Oct. 26, 1860 and died on Feb. 14, 1862.. Housed in a full, black leather, push-button case.


14. Sixth-plate ambrotype by Gutekunst, 706 Arch St., Phila. of “Katie Gutekunst 4 mos. old,” written in case. Housed in a thermoplastic case (Berg 3-164, Geometric).


15. Sixth-plate ambrotype by Gutekunst & Bro. of woman, tinted. Patented July 4 & 11. 54 on mat. Two-sided, book case.


16. Half-plate ambrotype of a girl leaning on an upright large book. No cover glass or mat. Housed in a full, split thick leather case.


17. Two sixth-plate ambrotypes, on a ruby ambrotype, of a man and two women. Man has mat impressed with Gutekunst & Bro., 164 Arch St., Phila. Patented July 4 & 11.54 also on mat. Housed in a thermoplastic double sixth-plate case (Berg 3-7, Geometric).


18. Sixth-plate ruby ambrotype of a mother, father and daughter. Housed in a full, split leather case.


19. Sixth-plate ambrotype of “J. Haldt age 23 years 1855,” in case. Housed in a half leather case.


20. Sixth-plate tintype of a girl. Housed in a full, split leather case.


21. Three paper images cut down to ninth-plate size, all by Gutekunst, of children. Housed in a quadruple ninth-plate thermoplastic case.


22. Paper photo in sixth-plate case. On back of the photo is written “Tomas Hernandes the friend who was with Mr. Peale since he come to Pto Rico ??? the last moment.” Image has been removed from case and placed in a plastic sleeve for safe keeping.

The Collection is available for $2000.