The Daguerreian Society

The 2010 Daguerreian Society Benefit Auction is now closed. Thanks to all who participated!

Please note: Breaks in the numbering sequence indicate 'passed' (or unsold) lots.

Consigners: Use The Daguerreian Society to sell your antique photographs, either at the annual live auction to an audience of dedicated and knowledgeable collectors (for 15% commission), which is also watched closely by others in our trade. See also previous auction results from 2008 and 2009.


Lot 1: TOP HAT MAN
DONOR: JEFF GREEN. Sixth plate daguerreotype. Young man seated sideways with a top hat on. He holds something beneath his arm -- either a newspaper or cloth. Resealed. Full case, but later style. Very good condition. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $175.



Lot 2: POSTMORTEM OF A MAN WITH LONG HAIR AND WHITE COLLAR
Sixth plate daguerreotype. There is a pencil inscription inside the case. Full 1840s style case in good condition. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $420.




Lot 3: "VIEW OF THE MOUTH OF EAGLE RIVER" COPPER MINING BOOM IN MICHIGAN
Sixth plate daguerreotype. "View of the Mouth of Eagle River" laterally reversed at bottom. Of an 1850 print depicting the bustling copper mining town where the Eagle River flows into Lake Superior on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $500.




Lot 5: GIRL AND ONE HUGE DOLL
Sixth plate daguerreotype. It's lucky she's seated because the girl has all she can handle with that huge doll. But she's cool, and so is the doll. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $175.



Lot 6: OUTDOOR SCENE OF MAN & WAGON BEING PULLED BY OXEN
Sixth plate daguerreotype. Man sits in wagon with tools visible. The sole of one of his boots is also visible. "Silas Gibson Hambden Ohio" is written in pencil inside the case. Full case with retaped spine. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $700.



Lot 7: UNIQUE GRAPHOSCOPE WITH THERMOPLASTIC TOP
The larger opening measures approximately 4 7/8 inches wide and is for viewing singular image. There are also 2 smaller holes for stereo viewing. Handsome table top model. RESERVE AUCTION. SOLD for $500.




Lot 8: BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY WITH BOTTLE NECK CURLS
Quarter Plate daguerreotype. She wears a dark silk shawl and with a white headdress and a brooch in the shape of a half moon. Split case. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $350.



Lot 9: WOMAN WITH TINTED BROOCH & FLOWERS
DONOR: JEFF GREEN. Sixth plate daguerreotype. Seated lady with a tinted brooch. There is a vase of tinted flowers on the table next to her. Resealed. Full, period case. Very good condition. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $150.



Lot 10: TWO PORTRAITS OF FREEMAN ALLEN by SOUTHWORTH & HAWES
Both sixth plates. Original seals on one. Original seals intact but broken on the other. Typed very old note inside case of one: "FREEMAN ALLEN b. 1800." In pencil inside same case "Allen" followed by pencil notations from the photographers. Each is housed in Boston style black push-button cases in very good condition with matching velvets. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $1000.




Lot 11: TWO JAPANESE AMBROTYPES, OF A MAN AND WOMAN
Approximately quarter-plate sized. In Kiriwood cases. The man is holding a string of prayer beads. The woman's image has a Japanese inscription on the back of the case. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $400.




Lot 12: COMPREHENSIVE SELECTION OF 19th CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHS FEATURING BICYCLES
This lot includes 1 tintype, 3 cartes de visite, 2 real photo postcards, 3 stereoviews, 18 cabinet cards, 2 card mounted photos, 5 larger paper format photos, and 1 board mounted photo. RESERVE AUCTION. SOLD for $475.




Lot 13: MOTHER LOVINGLY HOLDING A DECEASED INFANT
Sixth plate daguerreotype. Light streams in from the right side as she looks down adoringly at her departed child. Full case. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $675.



Lot 14: FULL PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE OF MAN IN PROFILE
Whole plate size. There is exceptional detail in his hair, his face, and even his eyeballs as he gazes to our right. Full case with retaped spine. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $450.



Lot 15: ONE OF THE TINIEST DAGUERREOTYPES YOU'LL EVER SEE IN SUPERB & COLORFUL PRESENTATION
This is a tiny daguerreotype of a man in a locket that's smaller than a penny. We haven't investigated whether or not the locket is gold, but that could be an added bonus. RESERVE AUCTION. SOLD for $350.




Lot 16: STATUE OF A PRAYING CHILD, MAKER MARKED 'INSLEY'
Half plate daguerreotype. Exceptional lighting and wonderful composition makes this an engaging image. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $500.



Lot 17: THE BLUEST AMBROTYPE YOU'LL EVER SEE
Sixth plate ambrotype. These 'blue sparkle' ambrotypes are rare enough, but this one's simply over the top. Makes for sensational viewing and the woman is as sharp as can be. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $100.



Lot 18: GOOD OLD FASHIONED BOX LOT INCLUDES 13 DAGUERREOTYPES & 2 CASED TINTYPES
15 items. Quarter plate daguerreotype by Jesse Whitehurst (southern maker). 7 sixth plate daguerreotypes: a lad with the beginnings of a moustache; a woman and her smiling elderly mother; a reluctant 1840s toddler with big hat; a tired but proud father & his child; a man clutching his vest with his other arm draped on books; a pair of the same young gentleman (one cased, one not). 5 ninth plate daguerreotypes: baby & hidden mother; 2 of girls in a split case; man by 'Rees & Co. Broadway;' and a lady. Also quarter plate tintype of an older couple making vows, and an exquisite sixth plate tintype mother and child with tax stamp on reverse. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $250.




Lot 19: COLE'S GALLERY AT THE CORNER OF HAMILTON AND JEFFERSON STREETS, PEORIA, ILLINOIS
Carte de Visite (CDV). Larger sign says "COLE'S GALLERY". Smaller sign says "COLE'S." Backmark: "Coles Cor. of Hamilton and Jefferson Streets, Peoria, Ill." Historical consensus says that Roderick Cole was the daguerreotypist who photographed Abe Lincoln in 1858 in Peoria but his brother Henry claimed it was him. Mrs. Roderick Cole, by the way, also advertised as a daguerreian in local business directories, and youngest brother George shared the same vocation. (Source "Craig's Daguerreian Registry" John Craig.) NO RESERVE. SOLD for $250.



Lot 20: 1841 HARDCOVER CENSUS OF PENSIONERS FOR REVOLUTIONARY OR MILITARY SERVICES
DONOR: JEFF GREEN. Hardcover book with title: "A Census of Pensioners For Revolutionary Or Military Services; With Their Names, Ages, And Places of Residence, As Returned By The Marshals Of The Several Judicial Districts, Under The Act For Taking The Sixth Census." Published by authority of an act of Congress, under the direction of the Secretary of State. Washington: Printed by Blair and Rives. 1841. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $225.



Lot 21: POSTMORTEM OF A WOMAN WITH FOLDED HANDS
Sixth plate daguerreotype. She appears to be sleeping. We get a very close look at the subject which makes the image more compelling. Half case with period newspaper behind the plate. RESERVE AUCTION. SOLD for $450.




Lot 22: DAGUERREOTYPE CASES & WALL FRAME INCLUDING 'THE DAGUERREIAN GALLERY'
This lot consists of four items: 1) 'The Daguerreian Gallery' sixth plate case & parts. 2) Geometric sixth plate case & parts with 3 tufts of blond hair from 3 different children. 3) 'Family Party' double ninth plate case and matching ambrotypes. 4) Thermoplastic sixth plate size wall frame. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $200.




Lot 23: GIRL ON ROCKING HORSE HOLDING ADULT'S RIDING CROP & OTHER AMBROTYPES
7 ambrotypes. Quarter plate of a lovely couple holding hands. 4 sixth plates: Bonneted lady in "Van Loan & Ennis' Gallery Philadelphia" case; handsome young man with big tie; muttonchops man; rocking horse girl. 2 ninth plates: gorgeously tinted mother and baby; older lady in black. Plus a rare sixteenth plate ruby glass of a beautiful woman in full leather case. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $150.




Lot 24: RARE & OUT OF PRINT 'THE AMERICAN DAGUERREOTYPE' by Floyd Rinhart & Marion Rinhart, University of Georgia Press
DONOR: JIM LYONS. Ask the experts and they'll tell you that this influential 1981 book on daguerreotypes should be in any daguerreotype collector's library. Floyd and Marion Rinhart's pioneering research laid the groundwork for our present understanding of daguerreotypes. Their extensive collection is housed at The Ohio State University Libraries in Special Collections. Amazon.com presently offers one new copy and many used copies. Check the prices, and bid here. This one we're offering is new and shrink-wrapped. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $125.

(This is copy #1 of the two we will be offering tonight.)




Lot 25: AFRICAN-AMERICAN SOLDIER WITH RIFLE, SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR ERA
Card mounted photo. Mount measures about 5 X 3 1/4 inches. Period ink inscription on reverse: "Aug. 20th, 98 To Mrs. J. J. Nipsam." NO RESERVE. SOLD for $150.



Lot 26: INTERIOR VIEW OF MEADE BROTHERS' DAGUERREOTYPE GALLERY, BROADWAY, NEW YORK
Original woodcut engraving from GLEASON'S PICTORIAL DRAWING-ROOM COMPANION, February 5, 1853.

Size of image, 6 3/4 by 10 3/4 inches. Framed.

Highly detailed interior view of Charles and Henry Meade's New York daguerreian gallery. The gentleman depicted facing the viewer is probably Henry Meade. Patrons view expansive display of paintings and daguerreotypes in elaborate Victorian frames. Extensive text accompanies the print. RESERVE AUCTION. SOLD for $250.



Lot 27: GURNEY'S DAGUERREAN SALOON -- BROADWAY, NEW YORK
Original woodcut engraving from the NEW YORK ILLUSTRATED NEWS, November 12, 1853. Engraving by Leslie & Hooper.

Size of image, 7 1/4 by 11 inches. Framed.

Very nice interior view of Jeremiah Gurney's daguerreian gallery on Broadway, New York. Many wonderful details including framed portraits on the walls, ladies and gentlemen waiting for their sitting appointments standing and sitting on lush sofas and in rocking chairs, center table with daguerreotype or case samples, display cases with daguerreotypes on back wall and another at left under a statue of a female nude. RESERVE AUCTION. SOLD for $150.



Lot 28: BRADY'S NEW DAGUERREOTYPE SALOON, NEW YORK
Original woodcut engraving from the NEW YORK ILLUSTRATED NEWS, June 11, 1853.

Size of image, 6 3/4 by 10 3/4 inches. Framed.

Very nice interior view of Brady's famous daguerreian gallery - great details such as the cameraman and camera at left down hallway, framed portraits on the walls, elegantly attired clients waiting for their sitting appointment on lush sofas and ottomans, marble-topped tables displaying samples of daguerreotypes. RESERVE AUCTION. SOLD for $100.



Lot 30: MOTHER & 3 CHILDREN FEATURES A GIRL WITH ATTITUDE
Half plate daguerreotype. Lively composition with the boys acting as 'bookends' while the mother's icy stare and the girl with big attitude steal the show. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $300.



Lot 31: TWO SOLDIERS IN CABINET CARD FORMAT
1) Soldier with a rifle and bayonet, identified as W.H. Newland. Photographer's mark is Columbus, Ohio. Although the format is post-Civil War, a W. H. Newland served for Ohio in the Battle of Shilo during the Civil War; 2) Militia solidier with a badge with face that looks like Henry Clay but could be another politician or inspiration. Philadelphia marked. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $50.




Lot 32: LOT OF PHOTOS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS
Lot includes 3 Tintypes, 3 Real Photo Postcards and 5 assorted small card photos. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $150.




Lot 33: Triptych of Daguerreian Symposiums: Savannah 2003, Newport 2004 & Pittsburgh 2006 by Mike Robinson
DONOR: MIKE ROBINSON. Half-Plate Daguerreotypes in passe-partout mounts. Half-Plate Daguerreotypes in passe-partout mounts. Savannah Symposium 2003 - Savannah Mansion, Taken during the maiden voyage of Mike's Travelling Daguerreian Saloon. Newport Symposium 2004 - The famous Old Mill, Newport RI Pittsburgh Symposium 2006 - Pittsburgh cityscape, City of Bridges. Mike Robinson's work can be found in the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Musee Adrien Mentienne, Bry sur-Marne, France, George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, the Portrait Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City and at the Snite Museum of Art in Notre Dame. RESERVE AUCTION - 100% proceeds to the Daguerreian Society. SOLD for $2400.



Lot 34: GROUP OF YOUNG ADULT AFRICAN-AMERICANS OUTDOORS IN OCCUPATIONAL ATTIRE
Card mounted photo. Mount measures about 6 3/4 X 9 7/8 inches. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $100.



Lot 35: RARE & OUT OF PRINT 'THE AMERICAN DAGUERREOTYPE' by Floyd Rinhart & Marion Rinhart, University of Georgia Press
DONOR: JIM LYONS. Ask the experts and they'll tell you that this influential 1981 book on daguerreotypes should be in any daguerreotype collector's library. Floyd and Marion Rinhart's pioneering research laid the groundwork for our present understanding of daguerreotypes. Their extensive collection is housed at The Ohio State University Libraries in Special Collections. Amazon.com presently offers one new copy and many used copies. Check the prices, and bid here. This one we're offering is new and shrink-wrapped. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $125.

(This is copy #2 of the two we will be offering tonight.)




Lot 37: RARE AFRICAN AMERICAN OFFICER IDENTIFIED NORTH CAROLINA REGIMENT IN MACON, GEORGIA
IED NORTH CAROLINA REGIMENT IN MACON, GEORGIA. Ink at bottom identifies this African American officer as "CAPT. S. O. MASON of Co. L. 3rd Reg. N. C. (North Carolina) Vols. Infy. Macon, Ga." On-line we found a letter from a Capt S. O. Mason, Capt of Co. L. that was printed in a local newspaper: "We are having a good time and getting plenty to eat, three meals a day. There are no hard times here. Uncle Sam gives us beef, meat, meal, flour....Drill twice a day. Go on duty 9:30 a.m. and drill until 12:30. Dress parade 4 o'clock p.m...... The doctors say the Kinston company is one of the healthiest.....". and the paper comments "...Kinston people-black as well as white- are very apt to make their mark on the world no matter where they go." NO RESERVE. SOLD for $100.



Lot 38: GIRL HOLDING ONTO THE SPINDLE OF A CHAIR IN A CHEERFUL MOOD
Half plate daguerreotype. Young girl standing on a chair. Unusual angle of view seems to put the viewer in the room with the sitter. Most of original seals present. Half leather case. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $200.



Lot 39: TENTATIVE GIRL IN A WHITE DRESS SITTING BACK ON A DARK CHAIR
Half plate daguerreotype. Stunning contrast. Tonal values of skin, and detail in dress and chair make nice counterpoint. Full case. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $350.



Lot 40: TRESTLE AND LILY PADS by Charlie Schreiner
Charlie is a modern master who works along the shores of Lake Michigan. His work has been exhibited at many institutions such as the George Eastman House in Rochester N.Y., the Oakland Museum, the University of Arizona, the Henry Ford Museum, Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, Ca., and at the International Fine Art Photography Exhibit in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Schreiner also received an honorable mention in the 2004 Lucie International Photography Awards. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $150.



Lot 41: TRESTLE AND RAPIDS by Charlie Schreiner
See brief biography above. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $150.



Lot 42: TRESTLE AND FALLS by Charlie Schreiner
See brief biography above. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $200.



Lot 43: TRESTLE FALLS by Charlie Schreiner
See brief biography above. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $250.



Lot 44: TRESTLE by Charlie Schreiner
See brief biography above. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $350.



Lot 45: FABULOUS DOUBLE QUARTER PLATE AMBROTYPE PAIR DEPICTING FOUR CHILDREN IN ARTISTIC POSES
Visually, these are quite exciting as the posing is fluid and the sitters are interacting. Extra nice with matching parts. RESERVE AUCTION. SOLD for $350.




Lot 49: FLOWER WITH WINDOW, BY JERRY SPAGNOLI
DONOR: JERRY SPAGNOLI. Quarter plate daguerreotype in passe partout float mount. Jerry Spagnoli's work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, The National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk Virginia and the Musee Carnavalet in Paris, France. Jerry Spagnoli has even made it into Wikipedia. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this daguerreotype go to The Daguerreian Society. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $850.



Lot 50: WHOLE PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE OF THE 2009 SYMPOSIUM IN PHILADELPHIA
Copied from a digital photograph by Bob Lansdale. Daguerreotypist Rob McElroy. Rob McElroy is a photographic artist who spent 25 years as a commercial, editorial, and advertising photographer before deciding to dedicate his efforts to perfecting the daguerreotype process and is now a full-time daguerreotypist utilizing the unmatched three-dimensional beauty of the daguerreotype to express his artistic vision." From the Contemporary Daguerreotypes website. This lot is a 50% DONATION to The Daguerreian Society. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $500.



Lot 51: HUNTER WITH RIFLE AND HIS HUNTING DOG
Sixth plate daguerreotype. Outdoor scene. He stands at attention with his rifle displayed while the dog stayed still in profile. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $650.



Lot 52: SENSITIVE PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN WITH BOTTLENECK CURLS
Oval sixth plate daguerreotype and a note that reads: "This daguerreotype is of Caroline Augusta Peritt, owner of the coin silver pitcher." Stunning image. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $250.



Lot 54: PORTRAIT OF A STATESMAN BY JESSE WHITEHURST GALLERIES
Half plate daguerreotype. The eagle embossed velvet reads "J. H. Whitehurst Galleries, New York, Baltimore, Norfolk, Petersburg and Lynchburg." Exceptional clarity. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $400.



Lot 55: WHOLE-PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE OF THE SWAN COACH HOUSE AT THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER
By Rob McElroy. See lot 50 for brief biography. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $800.



Lot 56: VIGNETTE OF A WOMAN
DONOR: ERIC MERTENS. Daguerreotype by Eric Mertens. Eric operates TheDagLab, which is a daguerreotype portrait studio. "He is drawn to the daguerreotype because of its matchless quality, its ability to display and honest and personal side of both artist and subject, and the ongoing challenge inherent in the process." (From the TheDagLab Website.) NO RESERVE. SOLD for $900.



Lot 57: DAGUERREOTYPE OF THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE 2010 DAGUERREIAN SYMPOSIUM
Taken at the Atlanta History Center by Rob McElroy. See lot 50 for brief biography. NO RESERVE. SOLD for $600.



Lots 4, 29, 36, 46, 47, 48 and 53 did not meet their reserve prices and therefore did not sell.


TERMS: LIVE AUCTION, NO BUYER'S PREMIUM.

ABSENTEE BIDS are encouraged. All bids will be confidential. All bids will be competitively bid with total discretion, in increments against other real bids. We run these auctions with the utmost integrity. Absentee bidders are always pleased to win items at a fraction of their maximum bids, and last year was no exception. Please call Greg French at 617-522-3610 (home) or email Greg at gregfren@comcast.net in order to leave a bid.

CURRENT BID is defined as the SECOND HIGHEST BIDDER'S MAXIMUM BID PLUS ONE INCREMENT (see increment table below). WE NEVER REVEAL THE HIGH BIDDER'S MAXIMUM BID. (This is the same concept that eBay uses.)

INCREMENTS:
Up to $100 bids will be in $10 increments.
From $100-$500 bids will be in $25 increments.
From $500-$1000 bids will be in $50 increments.
From $1000 up bids will be in $100 increments.
From $2500-$5000 bids will be in $250 increments.
From $5000-$10,000 bids will be in $500 increments.
From $10,000 up bids will be in $1000 increments.

We reserve the right to revert to smaller increments during the bidding process.

CONDITION REPORTS, FOR ABSENTEE BIDDERS ONLY, ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. Contact Greg French at gregfren@comcast.net or 617-522-3610 for condition reports.