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Quarter-Plate Ambrotype

Vintage Ambrotype

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Quarter-Plate Ambrotype (1855 - 1865), 19th century portrait, vintage Union Case, 3.25 x 4.25. Developed in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer, ambrotype, or amphitype, hails from the Greek words "immortal" and "impression." These images were impressed on glass through a variant of the wet plate collodion process. They required shorter exposure times than daguerreotypes and were more affordable to manufacture, two factors which contributed to their rise in popularity.

Pictured here is a 19th century family portrait of a mother and two small children, all in traditional period garb and all featuring pink-tinted cheeks. Bordered with an ornate gold frame, the crystal clear image is encased under glass. Although missing the front cover of the Union Case, the back panel bears two halves of the original closure clasps.

A missing front cover and the expected wear to the exterior of the back panel, otherwise fine condition.

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