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Quarter-Plate Ambrotype

Vintage Ambrotype

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Quarter-Plate Ambrotype (1855 - 1865), 19th century portrait, vintage 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, father and six children, all clad in traditional period garb and all featuring pink-tinted cheeks. Bordered with an ornate gold frame, the crystal clear image is encased under glass. The interior of the front cover is lined in red velvet and features a beautiful embellishment in the form of a harp. The case remains perfectly intact with the original, still-functioning closure clasps.

In fine condition, with some trivial silvering to the image.

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