Lot 1: Quarter plate of a seated woman with her bonnet resting next to
her. She handles a fancy purse. Hand tinted. Split case. No reserve. SOLD $225.
Lot 2: Half plate daguerreotype of 3 men in top hats in impromptu
posing (obviously orchestrated by the daguerreian artist.) Half case. Modern
note says "L. B. Binsse & Co. 1840s". No reserve. SOLD $300.
Lot 3: From left to right, 1) An unlisted, very elegant frame with white highlights. It has Lionite raised lettering on the back. 2) Classic medallion wall frame with intricate designs. On back: "Diatate patented Dec. 15. 1868". 3) Classic design with floral motif. Also says "Diatate patented Dec. 15 1868" on back. No Reserve. SOLD $300.
Lot 4: Sixth plate daguerreotype of EDGAR ALLAN POE circa about 1850. Daguerreian-era vintage copy daguerreotype. Referencing the book The Portraits and Daguerreotypes of Edgar Allan Poe by Michael Deas, this is a laterally reversed copy of the famous 'Annie' daguerreotype. It is the same image that appears on the carte de visite in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. This is simply a great and historic American treasure. The Daguerreian Society is honored to be able to offer it. Housed in a thermoplastic union case with an ambrotype of an unidentified man, possibly a family member or an acquaintance. EXTREMELY RARE. Reserve. SOLD $14,000.
Lot 5: This lot is a generous donation from Dennis Waters. The
proceeds helped pay for our Thursday night reception. No Reserve. SOLD $3000.
a. Quarter plate daguerreotype signed "S. Broadbent" on mat. Smiling young
woman. Accompanied by 19th century note "Sallie M. Duncan 1854". Full case
with original spine.
b. Oval ninth plate daguerreotype housed in blue velvet case. Same subject.
Turquoise tinting. Period writing on silk pad: "Savannah 1853".
c. Ninth plate daguerreotype. Young woman posed in front of elaborate
backdrop, with her hand resting on a book. Split case.
d. Sixth plate daguerreotype. Velvet pad reads "Collins's Gallery 100
Chestnut St. Ab. 3rd Philada." Two young women, one with her arm around the
other. 19th century note "Sallie M. Duncan (seated) with school friend."
Full case with original spine.
e. Sixth plate daguerreotype. Mat stamped "McClees" and "Phila". Vignetted
baby with hand tinting. Split case. 19th century note reads "Jeanie Duncan Elliot".
Lot 6: Quarter plate of a seated man by Southworth and Hawes. Housed in an oversized mat and original 1840s case. This is a variant of Image #633 in "Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes" by Grant Romer and Brian Wallis. This chair with the same fabric appears in other images by Southworth & Hawes. Reserve auction. SOLD $1200.
Lot 7: Lot 7: Quarter plate daguerreotype is signed by "Heywood" of Boston. The daguerreotype is of a Gilbert Stuart Painting which was in the Boston Athenaeum at the time this daguerreotype was taken, but is now in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. That same painting is depicted in a whole plate daguerreotype by Southworth & Hawes of a young girl gazing over her shoulder at it. (Plate 57 in "The Spirit of Fact. The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes, 1843-1862" by Sobieszek and Appel.)
The CDV that accompanies it was taken by Geo. M. Lovell of Southbridge, Mass. Reserve auction. SOLD $1500.
Lot 8: Half plate in a reverse-painted passe-partout mount created by the artist. This is the artist's only White House image and was taken with the permission of White House Security. No reserve. SOLD $1300.
Lot 9: Quarter plate daguerreotype pair. The man is holding a sprig of wheat and an ear of corn. Could be a merchant rather than a farmer. Perhaps fraternal. On velvet: "Perkins, Artist, Galleries North St. & 211 Balt. St. Baltimore, MD". Reserve auction. SOLD $1300.
Lot 10: 3 daguerreotypes where the subject is displaying a daguerreotype image. No reserve. 1) Sixth plate. Lady with jewelry displays daguerreotype of woman with her hand up to her bonnet. 2) Quarter plate. Man holds daguerreotype of a woman. 3) Sixth plate. 1840s daguerreotype. Written on silk pad in period ink: "Mrs. Miner (Susan) Smith Cooperstown" (presumably Cooperstown, N.Y.). Displays daguerreotype of 2 women with clasped hands. No reserve. SOLD $650.
Lot 11: Half plate daguerreotype, mat signed "McClees & Germon, Phila.". Reserve. PASSED.
Lot 12: Sixth plate daguerreotype of a fireman with speaking trumpet. We've been informed by Daguerreian Society member Mike Novak, leading expert on early fire images, that what appears as "BEMAA" laterally reversed, is more likely "FOREMAN" as foremen of fire companies used speaking trumpets like the one depicted. Lots of gold gilding. Reserve auction. PASSED.
Lot 13: Whole plate night shot daguerreotype of the White House showing the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial in the background. The 2 1/2 hour exposure was taken November 7, 2008. No reserve. SOLD $600.
Lot 14: Over-sized half plate daguerreotype in an even larger brass mat. The actor is standing in profile, wearing a crown and a gaudy ensemble which includes red tights/stockings and blue slippers, boldly tinted. The presentation and the image are just magnificent. Probably English, and housed in its original sturdy case. Reserve. SOLD $3500.
Lot 15: Sixth plate daguerreotype. Reserved. PASSED.
Lot 16: Stereo daguerreotype in Mascher stereoscopic viewer housed in a lyre thermoplastic case. Quarter plate size case. No reserve. SOLD $1000.
Lot 17: Half plate daguerreotype of the Louis Daguerre statue in front of the National Portrait Gallery, in reverse-painted passe-partout mount. This is a generous donation by the artist, Mike Robinson. Mike's work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the George Eastman House, The Nelson Atkins Museum, the Smithsonian, the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame, the Portrait Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. No reserve. SOLD $950.
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