The Daguerreian Society

THE ANNUAL LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

Silent Auction: Starts at 7:00 PM
Live Auction approximately: 9:00 - 10:30 PM
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
701 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701 USA

OUR AUDIENCE INCLUDES COLLECTORS, DEALERS AND INSTITUTIONS.

DEADLINE FOR CONSIGNMENTS: Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

CONDITION REPORTS, FOR ABSENTEE BIDDERS ONLY, ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. Contact Greg French at gregfren@comcast.net.

Bid status is as of 6pm Eastern time 9/12/2014.

SILENT AUCTION. Some silent auction items are shown below after the Live Auction listings. More items will be donated in Austin, and thanks will be given. We would like to thank Bags Unlimited and Bill Walckel for their generous offerings.

WALTER JOHNSON HAS MADE A GENEROUS DONATION TO THIS AUCTION. There are six of his own daguerreotypes and ambrotypes in this auction, each as a separate lot. The one that sells for the highest amount will be a donation. The lots subject to this arrangement are numbers 7, 17, 18, 37, 48 and 57, and will be sigified below by a red asterisk (*) after the lot title. Click here for a biography of Walter Johnson.



LIVE AUCTION LOTS

Lot 1: TINTYPES INCLUDING GREAT HIDDEN MOTHER

This lot of tintypes starts with a great example of the "hidden mother" genre. It includes 2 matching hand-colored full plate tintypes, 35 'CDV-sized tintypes, 2 ninth plate tintypes, and a large 6 5/8 x 4 1/4 inch tintype of an elderly gentleman.

NO RESERVE.

THIS LOT IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM AN ANONYMOUS DONOR.



Lot 2: CASE COLLECTORS GET THEIR FILL: 29 HARD IMAGES

There are many very good images in here! All are uncased. This lot consists of 3 half plate daguerreotypes, 2 quarter plate daguerreotypes, 3 sixth plate daguerreotypes, 1 half plate ambrotype, 5 quarter plate ambrotypes, 7 sixth plate ambrotypes, 4 ninth plate ambrotypes and 4 ninth plate tintypes. All have mats and preservers.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 3: CRISP BEEHIVE CASE IN ORIGINAL BOX HOLDS A VERY SPECIAL POST MORTEM

Ninth plate daguerreotype & case. The young girl is sweet with her head propped up on the pillow and her arms across her chest. Case is #377 "Beehive with Farm Tools in Oval" in Union Cases by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord. It is Case #1-148R "Beehive, Farm Motif" in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Paul Berg. The original box should not be overlooked. These are very rare.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 4: DAGUERREOTYPE OF ERASTUS PALMER'S 'RESIGNATION'

Quarter plate size. Full case with re-taped spine.

In addition, this lot includes the following:

1) Carte de visite (CDV) of Palmer's 'Resignation' Bust
2) Carte de Visite of Palmer's 'White Captive' Bust
3) Carte de Visite of Palmer's 'Spring' bust
4) The book 'Erastus D. Palmer: Sculpture-Ideas' by J. Carson Webster ('Resignation' bust appears on page 171)
5) The Daguerreian Society Quarterly Issue for July-Sept, 2012 with this daguerreotype pictured on the cover and a feature article about Erastus D. Palmer inside.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 5: DAGUERREIAN WALKING STICK OR CANE

We sold one of these a few years ago to spirited bidding and much excitement, so are pleased to offer another. Daguerreotype depicts a mother and baby, highlighted with gold earrings and gold buttons. Measures 1 inch in diameter. Walking stick measures 35 inches length.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 6: SURVEYORS WITH A WYE LEVEL

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Pictured are an engineer's wye level and a disc shaped object, possibly a measuring tape. According to a description accompanying the image there is an alternate view of this trio, which identifies them as David L. Curtice, Edin Bryan. Latimer, and Harvey Conklin of South Lansing, New York. Latimer served as second assistant engineer on the Erie Canal from 1854 to 1857.

RESERVE AUCTION.


Lot 7: STARFISH & OTHER BEACH MATERIALS BY WALTER JOHNSON*

Daguerreotype. Circa Summer 2013. 4 X 5 inches (according to the artist). Framed.

Artist's statement: "There is no shortage of objects in Florida to be found on the beach suitable for still-life type images, and these are just a few that I've collected to use as subjects for this daguerreotype. Last year, I made several test images, but few of them were to be saved. This is one of the more interesting images made then."

Comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Walter Johnson.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 8: "1843"

Sixth plate daguerreotype. The back of the leather case is embossed with the date "1843". 'Nuff said. How many of these have you seen? Our answer: Zero. There's no question when this daguerreotype of a gentleman was made.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 9: BOY WITH A TIN OR CAST IRON RIDER & HORSE

Sixth plate daguerreotype in thermoplastic wall frame. Depicts a child perched on a table with his legs on the chair, holding a rocking rider and horse.

NO RESERVE.

Two absentee bids. Currently at $325.


Lot 10: NUDE HOLDING FLOWERS

Sixth plate size. The young lady reclines in a decidedly casual pose while holding flowers up to a mirror.

RESERVE AUCTION.


Lot 11: WELL-HEELED EQUESTRIAN By HUGHES BROS. OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

Sixth plate daguerreotype. By "Hughes Bros. Nashville" as marked on the green velvet pad. This daguerreotype depicts a young man posing in his riding outfit and holding a riding crop. He wears an oversized pinkie ring. Tennessee was known for its horse breeding in the 19th century.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 12: LOVELY BRIDE WITH PIN-PRICKED CROWN HOLDING HER VEIL

Stereo daguerreotype. This closeup view of a tinted bride features a pin-pricked bridal crown and a pin-pricked necklace. The tinting is masterful and the young woman pulls us in. Lovely!

NO RESERVE.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100.



Lot 13: LOVELY DAGUERREOTYPE OF 2 WOMEN PLUS IN 'BIJOU' JAPANED CASE WITH MOTHER OF PEARL INLAY

This colorful case boasts two quarter plate daguerreotypes. The original spine is exceptional for a case like this and the daguerreotype of two women is lovely. There is a second daguerreotype of a bonneted woman in back.

NO RESERVE.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100.



Lot 14: DAGUERREOTYPE OF A BRIDE IN EXQUISITE MOTHER OF PEARL CASE

Sixth plate size. Excellent & Unusual mother of pearl case. Daguerreotype is a wedding portrait of a young woman in bonnet and white veil pulled back. She holds a bouquet of plants and flowers.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 15: ADVERTISEMENT FOR BRADY'S GALLERY

Measures roughly 8 X 5 inches. Text reads in part: "Mr Brady has been awarded the First Premium, by the American Institute, for the best plain and colored Daguerreotype likenesses, for three consecutive years."

NO RESERVE.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100. Also one stealth bid.


Lot 16: CLEMENTE BRIDGE, PITTSBURGH by MIKE ROBINSON

Daguerreotype. This was taken by Mike Robinson at the Pittsburgh Daguerreian Society Symposium. It was sold as part of a triptych at a later symposium. Plate measure 7 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches and the mat opening is 5 x 3 5/8 inches. Original housing created by the artist. From the Collection of Elizabeth B. Isenburg.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 17: "THE PATH INTO THE WOODS" BY WALTER JOHNSON*

Daguerreotype (opening about 4 1/2 X 3 5/8 inches). Framed. Created Summer 2013.

Artist's statement from the pioneering Walter Johnson: "Most of my work tends to parallel the word done shortly after the turn of the century. I was taken by the many images done by Clarence White, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz, and would be thinking of them as I worked in a nature-type setting. With this image I had in mind the image By Steichen, titled "The Pond" because of the feelings I had felt whlie setting up my camera to shoot."

Comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Walter Johnson.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 18: "TREE TOP" BY WALTER JOHNSON*

Daguerreotype (opening about 4 1/2 X 3 5/8 inches). Framed. Created Summer 2013.

Artist's statement from the pioneering Walter Johnson: "One of a series made the summer of 2013 as test shots to renew my interest in making modern Daguerreotypes. The main body of my work with Daguerreotypes was during the early 1970s, and into the 1980s. To start cold once again was for me a real challenge. It felt as if I was starting from the start over again, and it took some time, and many test shots before I felt I could produce an image worth saving, but with a ton of help, and encouragement from friends, I am now pleased with my results."

Comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Walter Johnson.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 19: MAN WITH A HORN

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Pardon us for borrowing the title from a Miles Davis album, but we're certain he would've been impressed by this fellow. The 19th century musician holds a large lower register brass instrument and maintains great poise.

RESERVE AUCTION.


Lot 20: GIRLS & MOTHER WITH LARGE BISQUE DOLL

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Full case with original spine. Lovely horizontal of two girls and their mother. The smallest child holds a large bisque doll, while her sister also clutches something and her mother has a page marked in her book.

RESERVE AUCTION.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100. Reserve has not been met.



Lot 21: A PAIR OF PORTRAITS FROM FRANCE

Two overmatted quarter plate daguerreotypes.

We used an educated guess on the presentation to proclaim these lovely portrait daguerreotypes as French. Both sitters are intense: the man has his head down slightly. The woman is pulled back slightly but just as intent. Her hands are cupped. Each sitter has been tinted tastefully.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 22: TORTOISE SHELL CASES WITH MOTHER OF PEARL INLAY

Sixth plate and ninth plate. Exotic cases are shiny and handsome, each with a push button clasp. The larger one contains a daguerreotype of two children. The smaller one contains an ambrotype of a lady.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 23: THE TWO LOVERS GOING TO THE WELL & AMERICAN COUNTRY LIFE

Case #33, "The Two Lovers Going to the Well" in Union Cases by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord. Case #1-16, "Two Lovers Going to the Well" Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Paul Berg.

Case #8, "American Country Life -- Summer's Evening" in Union Cases by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord. Case #1-183, "American Country Life 3" in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Paul Berg.

The "Two Lovers Going to the Well" holds five images: 2 ninth plates and 2 sixteenth plates. (We haven't removed them to determine if they're ambrotypes or tintypes.) This is a family group, for sure, as the mats match each other. The "Country Life" case is half plate and holds a half plate daguerreotype of a family of five.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 24: PEEK A BOO CASE WITH WATCHFUL TINTED TODDLER

Sixth plate size. This package has dual strengths. The case is the wonderful Peekaboo case which allows the viewer to glimpse the image. And what a lovely daguerreotype it is as we get a quite animated toddler who's been tinted blue.

NO RESERVE.

Two absentee bids. Currently at $250.


Lot 25: HEAVILY BEARDED MAN WITH FEZ STYLE HAT & A GURNEY, AN ANSON & OTHERS

5 images. Two quarter plate daguerreotypes, two sixth plate daguerreotypes and a half plate ambrotype.

1) Sixth plate daguerreotype of a heavily bearded man with a Middle Eastern hat with long tassels. Housed in a case with mother of pearl inlay. Sixth plate.
2) Sixth plate daguerreotype stamped "Anson" of a handsome young man with muttonchops and a moustache. Housed in a full case with clasps.
3) Quarter plate daguerreotype of a charming lad by "J. Gurney" "340 Broadway." In a full push button case.
4) Quarter plate daguerreotype of a couple, she holding a doily. Housed in a japanned case with mother of pearl inlay.
5) Half plate ambrotype of attractive mother and daughter; daughter wears an off-the-shoulder dress. Nice body language between them. Housed in a partial case.

RESERVE AUCTION.

One stealth bid.



Lot 26: 26 IS A LUCKY NUMBER

Who says that 13 plus 13 isn't lucky? This lot consists of 26 cased images. 11 sixth plate daguerreotypes, 1 ninth plate daguerreotype, 1 half plate ambrotype, 9 sixth plate ambrotypes, 3 ninth plate ambrotypes and the small oval case houses a tintype.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 27: A FINE PORTRAIT by J.P. BALL, AFRICAN AMERICAN DAGUERREOTYPIST

Sixth plate daguerreotype. James Presley Ball was more than an African American daguerreotypist. "Ball's Great Daguerreian Gallery of the West" was one of the most impressive daguerreian establishments of its time, even employing the painter Robert Duncanson as a painter. This example is typical of Ball's aesthetic of well defined sitters featured in dramatic tones. (Note: a previous owner thought this was of John B. Gough, the temperance speaker.)

RESERVE AUCTION.


Lot 28: POWERFUL DOG IMAGE, MAN WITH RIFLE, A DECORATED SCOTSMAN & A NUDE

1) Quarter plate cased tintype of a child and a dog. Very strong image.
2) Sixth plate ambrotype of a man with rifle in wood frame.
3) A late 19th century card mounted photo of a highly decorated Scotsman with weapons.
4) Silver gelatin nude with captions "Golora" and "1915 C. Gilhousen" Notations on reverse.
5) Framed occupational photograph.
6) Early 20th century metal photograph case.
7) Catalogue: Daguerreian Era: Photographic Antiques and Literature #8, 1974 By Tom and Elinor Burnside.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 29: A RARE SCENE FROM THE ERIE CANAL

Half plate ambrotype. "Rolling on the river... ." Features right reading signage: "Joab Stafford. Boat Supplies", a river boat and a host of people. Research has the location as Canojoharie, in Montgomery County, New York. There's a quick entry about Joab Stafford involving damage to the canal. Lots to study here.

RESERVE AUCTION.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100.


Lot 30: OH, CHILDREN

Seven daguerreotypes.

1) Sixth plate of a smirking child in oval wall frame.
2) Sixth plate of a boy with a toy leaning on a tinted table.
3) Quarter plate of a child with stick housed in attractive case with mother of pearl inlay.
4) Sixth plate of a tinted child with a black label indicating 'Collins' of Philadelphia.
5) Sixth plate of two sisters side by side, one stands, one sits.
6) Sixth plate of a child in oversized chair with one leg dangling.
7) Sixteenth plate closeup of a girl.

NO RESERVE.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100.



Lot 31: THE NEWPORT TOWER, RHODE ISLAND BY MIKE ROBINSON

Daguerreotype by Mike Robinson. This was taken during the Daguerreian Society Symposium at Newport, Rhode Island. This was sold as part of a triptych at a later symposium. Measures 7 3/4 X 6 1/4 inches. Opening in mat is 4 7/8 x 3 11/16 inches. In original housing created by the artist. From the Collection of Elizabeth B. Isenburg.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 32: PALLERSON BAIN AT 4 MONTHS OLD & 5 OTHER DAGS

1) Sixth plate daguerreotype. The adoring father hovers over the sharply defined baby in this little masterpiece.
2) Chiseled man by Broadbent (as noted on brass mat) with period note on reverse.
3) Sixth plate of young man.
4) Uncased sixth plate of a trio of young adults in a pleasing triad pose.
5) Ninth plate of a long haired young man.
6) Ninth plate of a young woman leaning on a column, housed in an angel themed leather case.

NO RESERVE.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100.



Lot 33: FRENCH DAGUERREIAN CAMERA REPRODUCTION

French daguerreian Camera circa early 1840s (facsimile reproduction stamped and signed). Sliding box design, vintage walnut construction, half plate size with ground glass and plate holder. Simple meniscus lens with brass rotating aperture wheel replicating design by Lerebours of Paris.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 34: CLASSIC AMERICAN DAGUERREIAN CAMERA REPRODUCTION

Classic American Daguerreian Camera circa 1848. Facsimile reproduction stamped and signed and dated. Vintage tight grained rosewood veneer construction with chamfered front and rear with sliding interior rear compartment for focusing. Early original daguerreian lens (unslotted) with rack and pinion fine focusing. Approximately six plate format with ground glass and plate holder.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 35: TWO PORTRAITS, SAME OLD MAN, MID 1840s

Sixth plate daguerreotypes. In handsome matching leather cases. This appeared in a Member's Favorites section of the Daguerreian Annual. To quote the donor: "This man was probably alive during the Revolutionary War. By dating (these)...to the mid 1840s, noting he is likely in his 80s...I calculate he was a young teen when the war started in 1776." The donor goes on to state how he bought these three years apart, one from a dealer and the other off of eBay. "Bingo! Same man. Same photographer. Same sitting...Perhaps a minute or two apart."

NO RESERVE.

THIS LOT IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM JEFF GREEN.

One stealth bid.



Lot 36: MEDICAL DOCTOR REUBEN MORRIS SUTPHEN OF CRANBURY NJ & CHEMICAL BOTTLES

Sixth plate daguerreotype. One can almost read the labels on the chemical bottles. More recent note on reverse provides identificaiton and location.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 37: NUDE CIRCA 1973 BY WALTER JOHNSON*

Ambrotype. 4 X 5 inches according to the artist. Framed.

Artist's statement: "This one of the man wet-plate images made during my testing of both the Daguerreotype and wet-plate experiments from 1970-1980. I would often shoot the wet-plate images when I didn't have the funds to purchase the daguerreotype plates, and this I believe is one of them. I had so many extra camera parts then, and thought that this image looked best mounted in this 8 X 10 inch camera back. This subject posed for me several times, and was a pleasure to work with, because she was very good at holding a pose for the long exposures required."

Comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Walter Johnson.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 38: MATCHING GIRLS WITH EMBROIDERY

Sixth plate daguerreotype in thermoplastic wall frame. They melt together. The seated young lady holds embroidery. There is a basket underneath or perhaps it's one of those two headed dolls that were so popular. Each wears a hanging locket.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 39: A WINTER SCENE AT THE ROBBINS STORE, NEW YORK STATE

Sixth plate copy daguerreotype. This is a vintage daguerreotype of the Robbins store in South Westerlo, New York. The surname "ROBBINS" is clear in the right reading signage over the door at left. Corroborated by an accompanying note, it's believed that Horace and Thomas Robbins are both depicted in this busy scene. A lot of goods are being transported on this winter day. Both buildings are still standing. The location is at the present day corner of New York routes 401 and 405.

RESERVE AUCTION.


Lot 40: A LARGE RELIEVO AMBROTYPE, LOCKETS & FOLK ART

1) Ninth plate daguerreotype of a gentleman posed against columns and tinted flowers.
2) Sixth plate daguerreotype of a painting of a woman.
3) Half plate relievo ambrotype in a wall frame. Relievo ambrotypes have had all background removed so that only the subject or subjects remain.
4) Ninth plate oval locket daguerreotype circa late 1840s with a lock of hair in reverse.
5) Locket containing two daguerreotypes of women.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 41: YOUNG MAN & HIS MOTHER IN A MASCHER UNION CASE

Quarter plate size. The case is a Union case with floral design. The interior features the Mascher viewing mechanism. And the pair of stereo daguerreotypes are lovely, with a painted backdrop.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 42: CHILD LOUNGING WITH A DOLL HOUSE

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Half case. This child has his or her feet crossed in an unusual manner, as if he or she is truly lounging. There's a ribboned sun hat on the table and a doll house adds depth.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 43: DAGUERREOTYPE OF A PORNOGRAPHIC LITHOGRAPH

Sixth plate daguerreotype. This naughty scene is probably French in origin. One can't help but wonder why there are two men. Are they sharing or has the seated man been spurned?

RESERVE AUCTION.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100. Reserve has not been met.


Lot 44: FROM THE DAWN OF PHOTOGRAPHY, DAGUERREOTYPE #1

Ninth plate daguerreotype, housed in a rare flip-top case. Depicts a handsome man, one half of his face in shadows, one half of his face lit, holding a book. The man looks rather relaxed for such an early plate. The square foil mat is typical for this era. The flip-top case has period ink presumably identifying the maker as E. Sage of New Haven Ct. in 1842. The case maker is Wm. Sage of Berlin, Ct.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 45: FROM THE DAWN OF PHOTOGRAPHY, DAGUERREOTYPE #2

Ninth plate daguerreotype, housed in a rare flip-top case. Depicts a pretty young woman with a trace of a smile, in pig tails or braids, and wearing a lace collar. Half of her face is lit and the other half is in the shadows. Obviously this daguerreotype is also by E. Sage of New Haven, Ct. as the aesthetic values and the presentation are the same in each. Period ink tells us "Wm. Sage Berlin Ct. Manufacturer of Miniature Cases".

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 46: WOOD CABINET FOR PHOTOGRAPHS

Open this wooden box up and there's a label:

"Photograph Cabinet. Patented November 30th, 1875. Mueller, Gloeckler & Co., Manufacturers, 367, 369, & 371 Sedgwick Street Chicago Il." Measures 7 1/2 X 6 3/4 inches (opening), 13 3/8 X 10 inches (base).

NO RESERVE.

THIS LOT IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM GREG FRENCH.



Lot 47: CHILD WITH PLAID WAISTBAND BY WILLIAMSON

Quarter plate daguerreotype. This masterfully tinted portrait is by one of the American masters of the tinted daguerreian portraiture: "C.H. Williamson Brooklyn NY" is stamped on the mat. Housed in an attractive thermoplastic wall frame.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 48: "JOHN ASHLEY, PHOTOGRAPHER, 1973" BY WALTER JOHNSON*

Daguerreotype. Opening 4 X 3 inches. In frame. John Ashley photographed transvestites and Walter Johnson brought his exhibition entiteld "Pagan Babes" to Ohio State University. Artist statement: "I had invited John to exhibit at the Silver Image Gallery, Haskett Hall, The Ohio State University, his portfolio of images, titled "Pagan Babes". I also suggested that he give a presentation of his work, and while here he showed an interest in my daguerreotype images, and sat for one. While processing the exposed plate John briefly checked the progress while the lights were on, not thinking it could be a problem. I continued the process, and thought it still might be useable, but when I looked the second time, and saw there were problems, I told John it was a dud. But after pulling it from the mercury, I did see a faint image, and exposed it once again with electronic flash, and replaced it into the mercury pot. My hope was that I could with this image have an image similar to those of Man Ray. This is the only Daguerreotype that I was able to have the solarized effect as seen in the Man Ray images." Comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Walter Johnson.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 49: LITTLE GARDNER WITH A DOG

Quarter plate daguerreotype. This was featured in the Daguerreian Annual 2004. A young lady dressed for cool weather, leans a hoe across her shoulder, while her dog lays attentively at her feet.

NO RESERVE.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100.


Lot 50: TWO COZY CHILDREN & FAMILY OF FOUR IN WALL FRAMES

Sixth plate and half plate daguerreotypes. First depicts a smiling baby leaning against his or her brother. The other is a vertical family of four with alternating darks and whites. Both in attractive thermoplastic wall frames.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 51: NINTH PLATE GEMS IN WALL FRAMES

Two ninth plate daguerreotypes in thermoplastic wall frames.

1) A standing girl with bottleneck curls lovingly holding a doll.
2) A finely dressed boy holding a pencil and pad below an open book.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 52: RUGGEDLY HANDSOME SAILOR FROM BOSTON

Ninth plate daguerreotype with ad card for "Boston Picture Company, Tyler & Co." on reverse. Beneath his sailor's shirt is another with a star and stripes at the neck. Housed in a thermoplastic Union case with cannon and flag motif.

NO RESERVE.

Two absentee bids. Currently at $275.


Lot 53: SAILOR WITH STARS ON HIS LAPELS

Sixth plate daguerreotype. We refrain from written condition reports, but the consignor wanted to offer original presentation. So we'll tell you that changing the glass will work miracles as it boasts very old and probably original seals. Great pose and great outfit.

NO RESERVE.

Three absentee bids. Currently at $275.


Lot 54: WOMAN, POSSIBLY OF HUTCHINSON FAMILY, WITH SHEET MUSIC THE OLE GRANITE STATE

Sixth plate daguerreotype. The previous owner bought this off eBay as 'Abby Hutchinson' of the famous Hutchinson Family Singers. Abby Hutchinson wrote The Old Granite State. The family was known for their lyrics espousing abolitionism, womens' rights and workers' rights. They're considered the first American singing group. Whether or not this is Abby or Rhoda Hutchinson, it's a compelling image with the sheet music spread out for us to see.

NO RESERVE.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100.


Lot 55: LOVELY COUPLE & A COUPLE OF HALF PLATES

Quarter plate daguerreotype and two half plate daguerreotypes. This couple is as cozy as they ever get...a remarkable pose for the daguerreian era. Accompanied by a half plate of 2 couples. The women stand wearing bonnets and shawls. The men sit holding hats. Also a half plate of two brothers with the same slicked down and radically parted hairstyle.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 56: CHILD & WAGON IN BRADY STYLE VIEWING CASE

Quarter plate ambrotype. Mat marked "Tomlinson Ambrotypes" and "Pat. July 4 & 11, 1854". The case makes for double sided viewing and is often referred to in popular jargon as a "Brady style viewing case for ambrotypes." Child with a cast iron or tin wagon of impressive size.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 57: NUDE CIRCA 1973 BY WALTER JOHNSON*

Ambrotype. 4 X 5 inches according to the artist. Framed.

Artist's statement: "Once again this image is one of many made as a test to prepare for the 19th Century Process class, 694, offered for the first (and only) time. Summer, 1973. I wanted to be certain that I could teach this class without any unfortunate or unseen problems. I was thinking of Edward Weston when composing this shot with the thought that just perhaps, I might come close."

Comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Walter Johnson.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 58: SERENADE & PRECIOUS OTHER CASES

This lot consists of four cases.

1) Case #671, "The Serenade" in Union Cases by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord. Case #1-167, "Serenade" in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Berg. Contains a tintype of a handsome, long haired man.

2) Case #102, "The Medallion of George Washington, with Motto" in Union Cases by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord, with a page of text about the case. Case #1-73, "Washington Medallion, Four Stars" in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Berg. Contains a daguerreotype of a well dressed bearded young man.

3) Case #710, "Children at the Stile" in Union Cases by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord. Case #1-176, "Children at the Fence 2" in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Berg. Contains a tintype of a man.

4) Case #626, "Vase of Flowers" in Union Cases by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord. Case #2-119, "Flower Vase" in Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Berg. Contains a tintype of a young man.

NO RESERVE.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100.


Lot 59: AN ENGLISH FULL PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE BY J. BEATIE

Features an English Full Plate Daguerreotype (8 X 6 inches, slightly smaller than the American version) of 2 gentlemen in an engaging pose by J. Beatie of Bristol. Housed in a full case.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 60: COTTON FROM NEW ORLEANS AND SAVANNAH & OTHER STEREOVIEWS

1) "Levee and Steamboat Landing" by Theo. Lilienthal from "New Orleans and Vicinity" series.

2) "Conestoga Varnish Works" as read in the sign In this unmarked view.

3) "Cotton bales at Central Railroad" by J. N. Wilson, Savannah, Georgia.

4) "Cotton Bales" by J. N. Wilson, Savannah Georgia.

5) "U.S. Patent Office" by Bell Bros.

6) "Interior U.S. Patent Office." Distributed by Franklin & Co.

7) "Model Room U.S. Patent Office." Published by E. & H.T. Anthony & Co

8) "View in Washington D.C." by Kilburn Bros.

9) "Foot bridge, Little River" by G. C. Robinson, Haverhill, Ma.

10-12) Allegorical paintings in Capitol Dome, Washington D.C.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 61: THE FALCON, CALAMADY CHILDREN & OTHER CASES

This features six cases. We have shown them in three scans including front and back.

1-5 are sixth plate size. 6 is roughly ninth plate size, but differs from actual ninth plate size.

KK&W refers to the book Union Cases by Krainik, Krainik & Walvoord. Berg refers to the book Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Berg.

1) "The Calmady Children" #129 KK&W. "The Calmady Children" #1-104 Berg.

2) "Chasse Au Faucon" #132 KK&W. "Lady with Falcon" #1-113 Berg. Double case includes two tintypes from same family in matching mats & Preservers.

3) "The Music Lesson" #143 KK&W. "Family Enjoying the Piano" #1-119 Berg. Double case includes one sixth plate daguerreotype.

4) "The Daguerreian Gallery" #119 KK&W. "The Daguerreian Gallery" #1-118 Berg.

5) "Geometric, Gilded Center" #331 KK&W. "Geometric" 3-189 Berg. Double case contains two tintypes from the same family in matching mat and preserver.

6) "The Garden Fountain" #6-144 Berg. Note: This case is several decades later than the others.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 62: STEAMBOATS & OTHER TREASURES

The focus is on sidewheelers, steamboats, steamers, steamships...whatever you want to call them.

1) Large Albumen "...Receiving Boat Maria Denning". With lots of signage: Williamson & Haynes & Co., Tennsess River, Golden Era, Railroad Pachet..., etc. with a list of ports on the Mississippi.

2) Carte de Visite of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Landing.

3) Boudoir Card of Steamer Pittsburgh at Redwing, Minn. August 1889 by Northwest Photographic Studio, Chicago. 4) Card mounted photo of the Cincinnati Steamship.

5) Ninth plate ambrotype and large albumen of Capt. Robt. Fields died on the 16 day of January 1865.

6) Cabinet card of Siegler Bros. Grocery & Memphis Weekly Democrat.

7) Small albumen of Rose's Central Tea Warehouse.

8) Small albumen of children with doll playing dominoes.

9) 1910 photo of Alton Boat.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 63: BRITISH POSTMORTEM OF EDWARD DOWNING WARNER

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Attached is a note "Edward Downing Warner b. 1858 d. 1865)" so a late daguerreotype or the dating is incorrect (though an Internet source corroborates the date). Certainly a daguerreotype for anyone interested in genealogy. Unusual vertical view of a horizontal scene. Housed in convex leather case typical of the United Kingdom.

RESERVE AUCTION.


Lot 64: SAVANNAH PORTICO by MIKE ROBINSON

This daguerreotype was taken by Mike Robinson at the Savannah, Georgia Daguerreian Society Symposium in 2003. This was the maiden voyage of his traveling daguerreian saloon. Daguerrotype measures 7 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches. Mat opening is 5 x 3 5/8 inches. Original housing created by the artist. Collection of Elizabeth Isenburg.

NO RESERVE.


Lot 65: BAREFOOT RUNAWAY BOY WITH STAFFORDSHIRE RECUMBENT GREYHOUND

Sixth plate daguerreotype. The clean velvet pad says "Newcomer's Gallery 308 N. 2nd St. Phila." The boy with the pursed lips and short tunic is barefoot, lending a rustic look to the image. The staffordshire dog, however, is impressive. An old ink note inside says "E.J. Colbon white boy runaway and so this taken 1855". Another note says the same.

NO RESERVE.

One absentee bid. Currently at $100.



Lot 66: PLUMBE DAGERREOTYPE IN PLUMBE NY CASE

Sixth plate daguerreotype & original leather case. There are two features here: The case is an important one documenting Plumbe's early establishment in New York City. It reads: "Plumbe Manufacturer N.Y." Then there's the daguerreotype of a young man with the appropriate stamp "Plumbe". A very nice and original pairing!

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 67: QUARTER PLATE PLUMBE

Quarter plate daguerreotype. This is an impressive quarter plate. This size by Plumbe is unusual. It's overmatted so it looks larger, hence it comes in a custom case with basket of flowers motif on one side and blank back, all with original spine. Depicts a gentleman looking off to our left.

RESERVE AUCTION.



Lot 68: MOSTLY OCCUPATIONALS

This is a box lot of 13 cased images.

1) Farmer & Oxen & Tiller. Sixth plate ruby glass ambrotype.

2) Wheelright by Wm. Stroud, Norristown Pa. Sixth plate Ruby glass ambrotype.

3) Sewing machine & young man. Sixth plate ambrotype.

4) Blacksmith with horseshoe. Sixth plate ambrotype.

5) Carpenter or builder with levels. Ninth plate ambrotype.

6) Newsboy. Ninth plate ambrotype.

7) Lady & perhaps Nantucket basket. Sixth plate ambrotype.

8) Man with mallet and metal rod. Sixth plate ambrotype.

9) Lady in checkered drsss. Ninth plate daguerreotype.

10) Lady with lace. Sixteenth plate daguerreotype.

11) Mixed race (blacks and whites) group of men sitting casually outside. Sixth plate tintype.

12) Man with gold buttons. Sixth plate daguerreotype.

13) House with family. Broken half plate ambrotype.

NO RESERVE.



Lot 69: TINTED CHILDREN WITH RARE DOUBLE MAT FEATURING MOTHER OF PEARL INLAY

Two hand colored sixth plate daguerreotypes in a black push button half plate size case. The visuals created by the unusual mat are stunning. Then there are the lovely daguerreotypes. The black push button case adds a handsome exclamation point to this package.

RESERVE AUCTION.


Lot 70: ONE DAGUERREOTYPE DEPICTING MULTIPLE DAGUERREOTYPES WITH JOHN WHIPPLE'S PATENT

Half plate daguerreotype. This daguerreotype presents us with twelve daguerreotypes on display. "Whipple's Patent" is clearly stamped in reverse, which means the daguerreotypist did not use a correcting prism. It is a reasonable assumption that all twelve daguerreotypes are by John Whipple as we have never seen "Whipple's Patent" on any daguerreotype that was not by John Whipple. Whether or not this half plate was by his establishment, we do not know. It does have a silvered back and is housed in a black push-button case.

RESERVE AUCTION.


Lot 71: THE J.C. NICHOLS MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN, KANSAS CITY by MIKE ROBINSON

Half plate daguerreotype. Mike Robinson made this daguerreotype at the 2007 Daguerreian Society Symposium in Kansas City. Kansas City is known as 'The City of Fountains' and J.C Nichols Memorial Fountain is the best-known of the more than 200 fountains in the Kansas City municipal area.

Mike Robinson is the proprieter of the Century Darkroom, Toronto and a modern master of the art of daguerreotype making. He has given demonstrations at the Smithonian Institution (Washington D.C.), Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, Texas) and the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey (Lacock, United Kingdom). His work can be found in the collections of the George Eastman House (Rochester, New York), the Portrait Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario), the Hallmark Photographic Collection (Kansas City, MIssouri) and the Snite Museum of Art (University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana) He also exhibited at the Hotel Malestroit in Bry-sur-Marne, France in an exhibit organized by le Musee Adrien Mentienne.

NO RESERVE.

THIS LOT IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM MIKE ROBINSON



SELECTED ITEMS FOR THE SILENT AUCTION

ARCHIVAL SLEEVES AND BOXES

To be sold in individual lots:

50 4 pocket Postcard binder pages
2 packs of 100 each Polypro postcard sleeves
2 packs of 100 each Polypro stereoview card sleeves
2 packs of 100 each Polypro cabinet card sleeves
2 packs of 100 each Polypro carte de visite sleeves
1 Acid-free blue-gray postcard box
1 Acid-free tan cabinet card flip top box
1 Acid-free tan carte de visite storage box
1 Acid-free tan stereoview storage box slant front
2 Packages of flat merchandise bags

These are all products of Bags Unlimited, 7 Canal St., Rochester, NY 14608 800-767-2247.

THIS LOT IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM BAGS UNLIMITED



DAGUERRE POSTERS

Bill Walcker has donated 3 posters of Louis Daguerre of his creation to the Silent Auction (one pictured here). Two of these are color and include a mat and wood frame. The other is black and white. Examples of these posters can be seen accompanying his on-line article "Creating a Modern Diorama of Daguerre."

Bill says: "My goal is to get, and give credit, to the inventor of photography." Bill offers these posters signed, as well as T-shirts of Daguerre. He can be contacted at billsstuff10@aol.com.

THIS LOT IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM BILL WALCKER



BIOGRAPHY OF WALTER JOHNSON

Walter A. Johnson (American, b. 1932) is a true pioneer. He is a photo collector and photographic history educator with a Master's Degree from Purdue University. Alan Griffiths' excellent website 'Luminous-Lint' has an entry for Walter Johnson in its timeline of the history of photography. The year was 1968:

"The First Conference and Workshop of Photographic Collectors of North America is held at Ohio State University. Organized by Walter Johnson it is the first national meeting for those interested in the history of photography."

Johnson began teaching the History of Photography in the Fall of 1969 at Ohio State University. "I had started to work on making "Dags" the fall of 1969 using damaged 9th plates from my collection. I made an fuming box from discarded parts and pieces, and used a 6X9 format plate camera for my first efforts." (Source: The excellent 'Contemporary Daguerreotypes' or CDags.org website.) In 1973 Walter Johnson was the first person teaching the daguerreotype and wet plate processes in a major university classroom. While teaching at Ohio State University, Johnson built a large collection of historic cameras and photographs, and built a replica daguerreotype studio to demonstrate the process to undergraduate students. He also collected rare books, technical manuals and periodicals from the 19th and early 20th centuries. This collection is dispersed to over 30 institutions, including Ohio State University's collection of over 2200 volumes of photographic books and 3000 periodicals. Walter Johnson also taught the HIstory of Photography, and Art Appreciation at Purdue University, Daytona Beach Community College and other institutions.



TERMS

LIVE AUCTION.

TERMS FOR DONATIONS: All donations gratefully accepted.

TERMS FOR CONSIGNMENTS: Must be quality or quantity. We are selective regarding consignments, to ensure a quality auction. Our purpose is to raise money and provide entertainment. Please send scans and/or descriptions of proposed consignments to Greg French at gregfren@comcast.net or call 617-522-3610.

Once approved, consignments can be mailed directoy to: Greg French, P.O. Box 302283, Jamaca Plain, MA 02130. Insurance and/or tracking is recommended.

All correspondence is confidential. We use the utmost discretion with all of our consignors.

SELLER'S COMMISSION OF 10%. Likewise, this benefits The Daguerreian Society and is below the norm.

BUYER'S PREMIUM OF 10%. The auction's purpose is to generate revenue for The Daguerreian Society. A buyer's premium of 10% is below the norm.

BUY-IN FEE OF 5%. This only applies to items auctioned with reserves. The buy-in fee for lots unsold is 5% of the reserve, with a maximum of $200. For example, if a consignor reserves an item for $600 and it is unsold, the fee will be $30. For an unmet reserve of $2000, the fee will be $100. For an unmet reserve of $4000 or more, the fee would be $200 (i.e. the maximum).

CATALOGUES: The catalogue is for the Live Auction only, and will be available in two formats: 1) We will have an on-line catalogue beginning July 1, 2014, which will be available below on this page. 2) We will provide printed catalogues the day of the auction.

ABSENTEE BIDS are encouraged. We run these auctions with the utmost integrity. All bids will be competitively bid with total discretion, in increments against other real bids. All absentee bids will be confidential. Absentee bids will be executed immediately, unless a 'Stealth bid' is requested (an absentee bid that isn't executed until the night of the auction). Please call Greg French at 617-522-3610 (until September 22, 2014) or email Greg at gregfren@comcast.net (until the deadline) in order to leave a bid.

The deadline for absentee bids is 6:00 PM US Central Time September 27, 2014.

STARTING BIDS for all lots will be $100.

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

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AUCTION COMMITTEE:
Diane Filippi
Greg French
Craig James
Michael Peterson
Doug Scougale
Dennis Williams