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Auction a Success

The October 29, 2011 Daguerreian Society benefit auction was a resounding success. Preliminary numbers indicate our revenue collected (before expenses, mostly shipping) as about $12,000 for a new record. As usual, donated lots were crucial to this effort. Also, 27 absentee bidders placed 96 bids which spurred on the bidders in the room. Most of these absentee bidders were Daguerreian Society members who didn't attend for various reasons, and this was a chance for them to connect. There were a few bidders not affiliated with the Society.

Most of the material was from estates, resulting in more group lots than usual. However, this extra quantity was absorbed readily by the room. In recent years we've boasted an astonishing 84% sell-through rate. This year only one lot did not sell, for a mind-boggling 98%. Lot #51, realizing $3630, was an appropriate crescendo to the evening as it was a donation and also represented the high point in sales. Results for individual lots are posted below.

The Auction Committee


2011 BENEFIT AUCTION CATALOGUE

THE AUCTION IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!

THE ANNUAL LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011
Silent Auction: Pre-dinner Social hour and Dinner
Live Auction: Approximately 9:00 P.M.
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 First Street South, Saint Petersburg, Florida, 33701

REASONS WHY BUYERS LIKE THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY LIVE AUCTION:
1. Most of our material is 'fresh' to the market.
2. Each year we feature rare and unusual material.
3. Some great bargains.
4. Friendly relaxed atmosphere.

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND AND WANT TO BID, WE CAN ACCOMODATE YOU:
1. We provide this on-line catalogue on The Daguerreian Society website.
2. We bid for you competitively in increments. We start low in accordance with the bidding of the room.
3. Your name and your maximum bid are completely confidential.
4. We had a record 37 absentee bids in Atlanta in 2010.

See full details on absentee bidding, and all auction terms, at the bottom of this page.

THANKS TO TIM LINDHOLM FOR THE WEBSITE.

AUCTION COMMITTEE (In alphabetical order by first name):
Craig James
Dennis Williams
Diane Filippi
Doug Scougale
Greg French
Jeff Green
Michael Peterson


Lot 1: DREAMY MASTERPIECE OF A GIRL WITH RED CORAL NECKLACE
GENEROUS DONATION FROM ANONYMOUS DONOR. Sixth plate daguerreotype. Housed in original full case.

NO RESERVE. 100% of the proceeds of this lot will go to The Daguerreian Society.

SOLD for $400 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 2: SEALED 'THE AMERICAN DAGUERREOTYPE' BY FLOYD RINHART & MARION RINHART
GENEROUS DONATION FROM JIM LYONS. Rare sealed copy of The American Daguerreotype by Floyd Rinhart & Marion Rinhart. Hardcover.

NO RESERVE. 100% of the proceeds of this lot will go to The Daguerreian Society.

SOLD for $150 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 3: LONG-HAIRED ARTISTE & OTHER FINE AMBROTYPES
Lot of 4 excellent sixth plate ambrotypes featuring long-haired man. 1) Ruby glass of 'artiste', long hair, light suit, and cap. Half case. 2) Ruby glass of woman in bonnet, the finest fabrics, and fingerless gloves (mitts). Full case. 3) Man with red shirt sleeve and silver nugget button. Full case. 4) Ruby glass of sharp young lady. Full case.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $200 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 4: THE FAMOUS BAY WINDOW PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY FEATURES ENNOR'S ELECTRO TASSERGRAPH
Cabinet card. The girl's written messages (obviously as directed by the proprietor) say it all. From 'Stevens Point, Wisconsin.' Our favorite line: "Cloudy weather Preferred for Sitting" making it clear to potential patrons that the Famous Bay Window Photograph Gallery is up to any challenge.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $175 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 5: RARE DAGUERREOTYPE FROM CHINA BY LI JUNYI
GENEROUS DONATION BY LI JUNYI. LI Junyl is a professional photographer and now, a daguerreian. He learned how to make daguerreotypes from the internet. He acquired the camera, the chemicals and the plates by sheer persistence, and taught himself the process. Daguerreian Society Co-President Jeff Green befriended LI through the internet and was active in soliciting plates from the contemporary daguerreotypists for him. Li has become a prolific daguerreotypist and plans on making some outdoor scenes soon, as well as a series on the senior citizens of China. He is now a member of The Daguerreian Society.

As a 'Thank you' to the contemporary daguerreotypists and friends who have helped him, Li has donated this magnificent portrait. A smattering of 19th century daguerreotypes were made in China, but this is the first modern daguerreotype that we're aware of that is now of 'international' status... Therefore, it's a historical image. It is just shy of half plate size, measuring 4 X 5 inches and is unmatted. It has been re-silvered, and is signed on reverse by LI Junyl in English and Chinese. The Daguerreian Society is proud to be offering this daguerreotype by Li Junyi.

NO RESERVE. 100% of the proceeds of this lot will go to The Daguerreian Society.


SOLD for $575 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 6: NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN FAMILY & WHITE MAN (PERHAPS A SCOUT)
GENEROUS DONATION FROM ANONYMOUS DONOR. White man, perhaps a Scout, peering over a Native American Indian family. Lots to study and research in this well composed tintype.

Includes the book 'Charley Reynolds: Soldier, Hunter, Scout and Guide' by John E. Remsburg and George J. Remsburg.

NO RESERVE. 100% of the proceeds of this lot will go to The Daguerreian Society.

SOLD for $850 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 7: SHARP MAN FROM MATHEW BRADY'S NEW YORK GALLERY
Quarter plate daguerreotype. Of a young gentleman by Mathew Brady. The blue velvet pad reads: "BRADY'S GALLERY 205 & 207 BROADWAY NEW YORK." Excellent example with sharp features.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $850 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 8: ATTRACTIVE BLACK LACQUERED GRAPHOSCOPE FOR VIEWING
This attractive black lacquered graphoscope with fancy carved designs is surely a conversation piece in any home. It has one large lens exactly 7 inches in diameter for viewing images. There are two smaller lenses for stereo viewing and these each measure about 1 11/16 inches. When folded up the graphoscope measures 15 3/4 inches X 9 5/8 inches and sits about 4 1/2 inches high.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $300 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 9: SMOKING & DRINKING, BIG CARD GAME, THE FLAG & OTHER GOODIES
Miscellaneous Box Lot. 4 images.
1) Sixth plate ambrotype of a Caucasian man with light red shirt and white suspenders wearing a skull cap and smoking a cigar. Next to him is an African American youth with a big smile, holding a large bottle.
2) Half plate cased tintype of four gentlemen playing cards, all wearing top hats.
3) Quarter plate tintype of a formally dressed man in front of a house with white picket fence, holding a horse with another horse and buggy nearby.
4) Damaged but unusual peek-a-boo case holds 2 sixth plate tintypes, but more notably a rare patriotic mat with 2 large flags.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $500 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 10: 3 STEREOVIEWS INCLUDING A MILWAUKEE PHOTO GALLERY, A STUDIO WITH EXTERIOR PHOTO DISPLAY AND A NEW YORK SELF-PORTRAIT OUTDOORS
1) A busy street scene features a bold sign that proclaims "Sherman's Photographic G..." from the 'Milwaukee and Vicinity' series. Title: 'Newhall House and West Side Broadway' by 'W.H. Sherman, Photographer, 385 Broadway, Milwaukee.'
2) A charming little photo studio with a photographic display at the door.
3) By 'S. R. Stoddard' (left side) 'Glen's Falls, N.Y.' (right side.) Caption at bottom: '898. Camp Life Upper Ausable Pond Sept 8th, 1876.' The man facing us at the table is reportedly Stoddard himself and indeed one can see a string go from him diagonally up to the height of the 'R' in the left hand caption. That string obviously attaches to the shutter of the camera as it's coming our way.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $350 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 11: CONTEMPORARY IMAGE OF MUMS
Mums the word? This daguerreotype is by Charlie Schreiner. Entitled, "More Mums," this is a 5"x7" plate over-matted museum style and framed in 10"x12" black frame. Taken in 2006 but should stay fresh forever!

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $1200 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 12: GIRL WITH PINK BOW IN HAND-PAINTED CASE WITH TROPICAL MOTIF
GENEROUS DONATION FROM ANONYMOUS DONOR. Sixth plate daguerreotype in exquisite case. Let's begin with the case. It's an exotic tropical scene painted on a japanned case. There is also mother of pearl inlay, making this a stunning presentation. Open this up and we have a wonderful portrait of a girl standing in white dress. Her cheeks and the bow around her waist are pink. Note how the dress fits the contour of the mat.

NO RESERVE. 100% of the proceeds of this lot will go to The Daguerreian Society.

SOLD for $525 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 13: GRITTY STREET SCENE DEPICTING ADVERTISING & FRAME
Sixth plate daguerreotype. Outdoor scene of a streetcorner row of buildings. There is a placard with writing and a frame leaning against the central tree. Could it be the daguerreotypist's advertisement with a framed example of his work? To the right over a doorway there's another sign and it's laterally reversed "RICHTER" is apparent. The other words seem decipherable perhaps.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $750 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 14: ILLUSTRATED FLOWER & SAMPLES OCCUPATIONAL
Sixth plate daguerreotype. Perhaps a botanist or landscaper or decorator and his wife. The man holds an open book with the drawing of a flowering plant visible. In his other hand he holds a sample of cloth and a sampler or drawing of a house with "SWEET HOME" laterally reversed. Interesting occupational.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $275 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 15: PROFESSOR OR DOCTOR SMOKING CIGAR & OTHER BIG PLATES
A group of 3 large daguerreotypes. Half plate: dignified man wearing a fez with a tassle, holding a small painted cigar with one hand and an open book with the other. Quarter plate in oversized mat and case of Mother and child with wonderful body language. Quarter plate in oversized mat and case of a well-dressed man with tousled white hair. Silvered back.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $200 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 16: WHITE ENTREPENEUR PAYING BLACK LABORER
Quarter plate ambrotype. Plantation or estate owner paying his hired help? White man seated holding paper (which moved). The standing black man rests on a shovel and has his hand out, as if receiving money.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $400 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 17: SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL: INTRIGUING NINTH PLATE IMAGES
Ninth plate images & Cases.
1) Cased tintype lady in profile. Lovely!
2) Cased daguerreotype of boy with lively patterned clothing. Gold buttons.
3) Brown thermoplastic case with no nicks, no stress cracks, very good clasp & hinges. Holds tintype of girl wearing wide-brimmed hat and net with locket.
4) Tintype of full standing girl leaning on chair. Half case.
5) Cased ambrotype of elderly woman with gold necklace.
6) Oval daguerreotype of a man in bright green velvet case.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $150 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 18: AN EXCEPTIONAL GROUPING OF CHILDREN
6 sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Stunning girl with flowers holding a fan.
2) Girl in a studio window with leaves up above.
3) Child smiling wearing earrings in exceptional soft light.
4) Brother and sister holding hands. There is something peculiar about his hands, gloved or not.
5) Boy with a checkered blouse.
6) Three sisters in matching dresses.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $500 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 19: SELF-PORTRAIT OF ABRAHAM BOGARDUS, ESTEEMED DAGUERREOTYPIST
Cabinet card. Backmark: "Bogardus' Souvenir Card 872 Broadway cor. 18th St. New York." The fact that this is a self-portrait of the great daguerreotypist Abraham Bogardus by Bogardus, can be confirmed easily in seconds on the internet.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $175 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 20: PURPORTEDLY A CALIFORNIA GOLD MINER OR 49er
Sixth plate daguerreotype. Purportedly of a 49er (otherwise known as a California gold miner). Vignette style daguerreotype shows a man with long hair and woolly beard in excellent detail. The consignor lost the provenance many years ago, but insists it's the genuine article. Penciled inside the dilapidated case back appears to be 'Swan 4 Pearl'.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $350 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 21: AN AFRICAN AMERICAN, AN ARMED SOLDIER & MANY MORE
6 ambrotypes (one in a nice octagonal case) and 2 cased tintypes.
1) Sixth plate ambrotype of African American man. Half case.
2) Sixth plate ambrotype of soldier with sword and plumed hat. Split case.
3) Half plate ambrotype of mother and three children. Mat only.
4) Sixth plate mat with 2 openings, each with ninth plate tintype in half hard case.
5) Quarter plate tintype of full standing gent by pillars. Half case.
6) Sixth plate ambrotype of girl in union case.
7) Sixth plate ambrotype of infant in chair, tinted. Split case.
8) Octagonal case. No nicks. Has significant crack. Contains ambrotype of woman.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $250 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 22: WORKING WOMEN WITH RIBBONS AROUND THEIR BROOMS, OR THE BROOM BRIGADE
Tintype of 2 young women, with matching garments and headdresses, hold brooms with bows around them. There is a bolt of cloth to their side. Framed in a tintype frame that's the shape of an artist's palette. Tintype is 3 3/8 x 2 1/2 inches. Frame is roughly 9 x 6 inches.

Our initial assumption was that this is an occupational tintype of working women. However, a Society member pointed out that this tintype could depict members of the Broom Brigades. The Broom Brigades were women's organizations that spread throughout the country in the 1880s While utliizing the broom, a symbol of domesticity they were also subverting it. Mark Twain noted: "It is composed of young ladies who dress in a uniform costume, and go through the infantry drill, with broom in place of musket........I saw them go through their complex manual with grace, spirit and admirable precision. I saw them do everything which a human being can possibly do with a broom, except sweep."

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $325 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 23: HALF PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE BY ROOT'S GALLERY IN RARE LEATHER EAGLE CASE
This eagle motif in half plate leather is rare, indeed. This is case 4-2, 'American Eagle,' in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Paul Berg, who describes this case as 'VVR' (very very rare). Then the velvet pad proclaiming "ROOT'S GALLERY 140 CHESTNUT ST. PHILADA." is in very good condition and a collectible all by itself. Finally there's the half plate daguerreotype of an elderly gentleman. A trifecta for the winning bidder.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $400 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 24: DAGUERREOTYPE NUDE
Contemporary daguerreotype by Charlie Schreiner. "Wired 2," from the 2002 Guinne and Olivia sessions, is a 5"x7" plate is over-matted museum style and framed in a 10"x12" black frame.

What on earth were they doing, helping with the floods? Get a grip!

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $750 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 25: ANATOMICAL STUDY
Some word play behind this daguerreotype by Charlie Schreiner: "Daguerriere 2" was taken in August of 2002 of Kristen's bottom line. Charlie says, without a sense of humor, there's no way you can survive the daguerreotype process . The 5"x7" plate is over-matted museum style and framed in a 10"x12" black frame.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $550 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 26: STUNNING EXTREMELY RARE OUTDOOR SCENE POSTMORTEM OF A BABY
Sixth plate daguerreotype. Certainly, this is a rarity. We've all seen hay or plants introduced into the studio to simulate an outdoor setting, but it's clear that this is truly out of doors. This family certainly loved this child to honor him or her in this way, in a natural setting. Full case with retaped spine.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $700 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 27: SHE PLAYS GUITAR WITH A SMILE
Sixth plate daguerreotype circa 1840s. This woman is a guitar player. No props here! And just holding it and showing us the frets makes her happy. Let the strumming begin. Full case with weak spine.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $350 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 28: VIOLINIST FATHER WITH SON & PUPPY
Sixth plate daguerreotype. The father comes first. He's dressed like a classical musician but he holds the instrument like it's a fiddle. His son meanwhile is keeping his puppy still, and manages to keep himself still in the process. Half case.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $500 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 29: 1840s THOUGHTFUL GENT WITH TOP HAT, HOUSED IN AMITIE CASE
GENEROUS DONATION FROM HELDER COSTA. 1840s daguerreotype. Thoughtful gentleman posed emphasizing his intellect and fine manners. His black top hat is in contrast with the pillar behind. He's wearing plaid trousers.

NO RESERVE. 100% of the proceeds of this lot will go to the Daguerreian Society.

SOLD for $200 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 30: D. APPLETON & CO. STEREOSCOPIC EMPORIUM, BROADWAY, NEW YORK
Very desirable view shows the interior of the D. Appleton premises. Two men from the firm entertain two ladies with stereoviews. There are viewers on display and stereoviews galore. Hand-colored.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $250 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 32: FRESH-WATER PEARL NECKLACE & EARRING SET PURCHASED IN SHANGHAI FOR THIS AUCTION
GENEROUS DONATION FROM ANONYMOUS DONOR. Yes, you read that right. The donor asked a family member who was in Shangai of the People's Republic of China to purchase this matching set expressly for our auction. Here are the specifications: Larger-sized freshwater pearls, slightly graduated, slightly irregular. 17 inch length.

NO RESERVE. 100% of the proceeds of this lot will go to the Daguerreian Society.

SOLD for $475 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 33: A CASH REGISTER AND THE AYRES MICRO-PHOTOGRAPH
Cabinet card. Go figure. The card's text gives us a clue: "The Ayres Micro-Photograph. Smaller than the head of a pin. Yet, appearing Cabinet Size. Your own, or any picture to order, in charms, bangles, &c. Ask to see specimens." This is certainly a cabinet card for those interested in photographica.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $70 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 34: EXQUISITELY TINTED PORTRAITURE
Daguerreotypes. 1 Quarter plate and 4 sixth plates.

1) A girl with subtle flesh tones, a gold brooch and a red coral bracelet. Crisp image. Quarter plate. Half case.
2) Child on a multicolored couch wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, stayed still as he or she gazed off to our right, following the photographer's instructions.
3) Man with a yellow vest and yellow tie. Yellow is one of the more unusual colors found in daguerreotypes. Housed in an unusual full leather case.
4) Woman holding a daguerreotype case open. We can see a sliver of the daguerreotype plate. Beside her is a white vase of pink and red flowers with greenery. Full case.
5) Man standing holding a daguerreotype case and a letter. Symbolic? Do the items pertain to each other? Is this the letter from a lover? The man is elegant, but we can see a canvas hanging for the back wall of the studio. Yet the photographer has dressed it up with the colored tablecloth and the red carpet. Full case.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $600 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 35: DAGUERREIAN PIN DEPICTS CHILD WITH A TOY TRUMPET & A CURL UPON HIS OR HER HEAD
Exceptional daguerreian pin with a very strong image. You could view hundreds of examples of daguerreian jewelry and not find a single image like this... The pose, the lighting and the contrast are all excellent. Daguerreotype measures 1 1/4 X 1 inch, and the pin is slightly larger.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $1000 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 36: THERMOPLASTIC CASES WITH DAGUERREOTYPES FEATURING 'FLOWER GIRL'
Lot consists of 2 cases containing 6 sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) #91. 'Girl with Flower Basket' in 'Union Cases' by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord. #1-15 'Flower Girl' in 'Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames' by Paul Berg. The daguerreotypes feature a matching pair of seniors with the same two books on a pedestal The woman appears to be holding a daguerreotype case with mother-of-pearl inlay. The third daguerreotype is a woman holding a leather daguerreotype case and the last is a man with high hair in a dramatic crossed arm pose.
2) Hexagonal case features a matching pair of daguerreotypes with a very handsome couple.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $400 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 37: SWEETIES WITH THEIR DOLLS
Sixth plate daguerreotype. It's hard to take your eyes off them. We give a cursory look to the dolls and notice the fabric of the chair, but once again we're drawn to these 'sweeties': their expressions, their body language and the manner in which they cradle their dolls.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $550 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 38: THE CUTEST KIDS IN SIX DAGUERREOTYPES
5 Sixth plates and 1 ninth plate.

1) She's holding a figurine but it's her curls, her big oval eyes and her solemn expression that get our attention. Original seals.
2) He's got a brand new book. Cute as a button (he's got plenty) but he even looks serious.
3) Ninth plate. She holds a purse. Exceptional lighting. Mat stamped 'HOLMES 39 BROADWAY'.
4) Child on a hand-colored cloth. There may be a 'hidden mother' back there. Original seals.
5) Boy with a switch. The lighting and the expression on his face are magnificent. Just don't make him mad.
6) Two girls, presumably sisters, wearing dresses of the same fabric.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $325 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 39: A VERY UNUSUAL PARAKEET CASE DESIGN HOUSES A MOTHER AND THREE CHILDREN
Quarter plate size. Sorry, but we haven't seen this case design before. The front is typical with mother of pearl inlay but the back features a gold, red and green parakeet. Did we mention the daguerreotype with the 2 boys leaning towards the mother and the girl clutching her arm?

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $500 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 40: CEREBRAL HALF-PLATE BY BOSTON MASTER LUTHER HOLMAN HALE
Half plate daguerreotype. She's sharp as can be. In fact, it seems we can see every strand of hair that's combed back over her head. Yet it has a cerebral feeling to it. Her expression is an enigma. Notice the gloves on her hands. Full case with original spine.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $475 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 41: AWESOME AMBROS FEATURE AN OPEN DAGUERREOTYPE & ASSORTED TINTYPES
This lot consists of 15 images: 10 sixth plate ambrotypes, a ninth plate ambrotype, a sixth plate tintype, 2 CDV sized tintypes and a ninth plate tintype. Pay special attention to the first four ambrotypes, but the rest of the sixth plate ambrotypes are very nice, too! #1-9 and #11 are sixth plate ambrotypes. (Late arrival: please forgive the scans. The lady holding the daguerreotype is a stronger image than it appears to be here.)

1) 2 Women outdoors in a boat.
2) Woman holds an open daguerreotype of a woman and child. It's definitely not an ambrotype: it's clear it's a daguerreotype.
3) Boy seated next to his dog.
4) The cutest kids you ever saw! Look at that boy...
5) Sharp semi-profile artistic shot of an aristocratic man.
6) Boy with his arm up.
7) Child in a dress in a big chair.
8) Young lady with a tiny waist and dangling earrings.
9) Lady with high hair.
10) Bearded man.
11) 2 Young men vignetted.
12) tintype of 2 horizontal boys.
13) Ambrotype of a girl.
14) Tintype of a man and 2 women, he wears carnations.
15) Tintype of 2 men in a car.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $200 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 42: HAND COLORED BY FAMOUS MAKERS
Quarter plate daguerreotype and 2 sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Sixth plate by Williamson. Woman with a bonnet containing pink flowers, wearing a gold brooch.
2) Sixth plate by Insley. Resplendent girl in striped and beaded dress.
3) Quarter plate. Unattributed. Family of three with infant in bright pink. The mother's bow is worth noticing for the mix of patterns.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $350 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 43: LOCKET DEPICTS A MOUNTAIN & LAKE SCENE WITH A CIRCULAR STAIRCASE, AND HOUSES A HANDSOME DAGUERREOTYPE
This fine locket will entertain you even before you've opened it. It's shiny and glitters and depicts an intriguing scene. Once it's open there's a daguerreotype of a bearded young man with tousled hair. Daguerreotype is just shy of 1 1/4 X 1 inch.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $300 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 44: GIRL HOLDS A PICTORIAL BOOK OF WILD WEST SCENES, BY BROADBENT
Sixth plate daguerreotype. The girl holds an open book of pictorial scenes. One depicts horses arriving and large elk retreating. The other show a Native American Indian lassoing a buffalo. By highly esteemed daguerreotypist 'Broadbent.' Enough said.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $700 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 45: HALF PLATE OF A FAMILY FOURSOME IN HIGH DEFINITION POSE
Daguerreotype. They each strike definitive poses. The child tilts his or her head while resting his or her feet on the chair. The man looks stern but his gestures say otherwise. The woman at left, presumably the child's mother, is very much alive in the moment as her face seems spirited and her arm seems fluid. And the standing woman is wearing a fabulous outfit. A sharp image. Half case.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $375 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 46: BIG OLD FASHIONED BOX LOT
10 items include 2 quarter plate daguerreotypes, 6 sixth plate daguerreotypes, a sixth plate milk glass portrait and a sixth plate thermoplastic case containing an ambrotype.

1) Sixth dag family of three.
2) Sixth dag elderly woman in artful pose.
3) 1840s horizontal sixth plate of a charismatic couple.
4) Sixth plate dag woman with lots of gold jewelry.
5) Milk glass of bearded gentleman.
6) Thermoplastic case housing ambrotype of 'Grandma & Grandpa Moore....'
7) Quarter plate dag of gentleman with arm on table.
8) Quarter plate dag of couple.
9) Primitive early 1840s daguerreotype of a gentleman.
10) Lady leaning wearing a blue blouse with painted on white buttons.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $425 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 47: THE TOP HAT MEN & THE PEERING LADY
4 sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Sharp and handsome young man with painted backdrop.
2) Man with a walking stick and light-colored top hat. Velvet pad reads "Van Loan Gallery 159 Chestnut St. Philada."
3 & 4) The peering lady in 2 poses. Each of her poses is masterfully executed!

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $850 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 48: MONA LISA POSE
Half plate daguerreotype. Tablecloth tinted pink and blue. Very strong image. No case.

RESERVE AUCTION.

SOLD for $225 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 49: MOTHER & CHILD, FATHER & SON, LEANING SIBLINGS & MORE
5 daguerreoytpes: 3 quarter plates, 1 sixth plate and 1 ninth plate.

1) Sixth. Mother and Child. They're intertwined.
2) Quarter. Father and Child. Who says Dads can't be great fathers?
3) Quarter. Siblings all lean to the left in an intriguing composition.
4) Quarter. Perfectly clear moustache man with a lively vest.
5) Ninth. She leans on a book. The spine can be read easily, but it's laterally reversed.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $150 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 50: LATE ARRIVAL: THE MONSTER LOT
21 daguerreotypes: 16 are sixth plates (#1-16 below) and 5 are ninth plates (#17-21 below). Late arrival, so pardon the scans.

1) Girl in ruffled dress leaning.
2) Boy stares straight ahead.
3) Woman with silk shawl and gold brooch.
4) Woman holding open book. Book reads "Buck's Religious Anecdotes". Laterally reversed, but easy to read. Period note affixed "Sarah L. (Foy) Burgess 23 yrs. old when taken."
5) Woman with sleeveless gloves.
6) Father seated, son standing with his hand on Dad's shoulder.
7) Mother and daughter, hands touching.
8) Young man in formal attire.
9) Elderly woman and squirming child.
10) Senior citizen couple seated side by side.
11) Seated girl with lively dress.
12) Rugged man.
13) Muttonchop man and flower-laden bonnet woman may be a couple or may be related as they look alike.
14) Young woman with red brooch and white wristbands.
15) Child on a couch, one foot out.
16) Handsome man.
17) Chiseled man in a suit.
18) Abe Lincoln beard with great detail.
19) Dreamy man.
20) Young lady with gold necklace.
21) Sharp young woman with plunging neckline and an interesting brooch.

NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $325 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 50A: FULL PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE BY ROB McELROY, TAKEN 2011
NO RESERVE.

SOLD for $1000 plus 10% buyer's premium.


Lot 51: LACOCK ABBEY, INSIDE & OUTSIDE BY MIKE ROBINSON 2011
GENEROUS DONATION FROM MIKE ROBINSON. Quarter Plate daguerreotype in reverse paint Passe-partout housing of the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey. Half Plate daguerreotype in reverse paint Passe-partout of the Entrance Gate to Lacock Abbey.

Both images taken in August 2011 by Mike Robinson, in preparation for his daguerreotype workshop at Lacock. Lacock is the home of W. Henry Fox Talbot. Inventor of the paper negative positive photographic process. Even Talbot could not complain about the richness of tone and remarkable image colour of his rival's process.

NO RESERVE. 100% of the proceeds of this lot will go to The Daguerreian Society.

SOLD for $3300 plus 10% buyer's premium.



Lot 31 did not meet its reserve, so did not sell.


TERMS:

LIVE AUCTION.

NEW CONSIGNOR'S FEE OF 10%. Traditionally The Daguerreian Society has received a commission of 15% of sold lots from consignors. We are lowering the rate to 10%. This new rate should be especially attractive to consignors.

NEW BUY-IN FEE OF 5%. The buy-in fee for lots unsold (i.e. lots that don't meet reserve) has been 10% of the reserve with a $200 maximum. The new rate is 5% of reserve with a $200 maximum. For example, if a consignor reserves an item for $600 and it is unsold, the new fee will be $30. For an unmet reserve of $2000, the new fee will be $100. For an unmet reserve of $6000, the fee would be $200 (maximum).

BUYER'S PREMIUM OF 10%. The auction's purpose is to generate revenue for The Daguerreian Society. In lowering the consignor's fees to attract more quality, we have to add a revenue stream. The Live auction is a chance to access some rare quality items as well as a chance to get some bargains. This buyer's premium of 10% is below the norm.

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. Absentee bids will be executed immediately, unless a 'Stealth bid' is requested (a bid that isn't executed until the night of the auction.) Please call Greg French at 617-522-3610 (home) or email Greg at gregfren@comcast.net in order to leave a bid.

The deadline for absentee bids is 6:00 PM EST Saturday, October 29, 2011.

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.