1865 Civil War Gutta Percha Robinsons Photograph Album Mechanical Cdv Viewer Ca For SaleThis rarity has survived in working condition with some signs of age and use. It measures 4 ¾” tall x 6” deep (with knobs) x 9 ½” and is crafted of poplar covered in embossed faux shagreen paper and mounted with oak leaf and acorn gutta percha frames and knobs. The top and face are accented in brass and porcelain tacks and the bottom retains the full label in very legible condition. Its interior is lined with embossed tinsel/gold foil paper (oak leaves) and housed the double wooden roller mechanism holding linen backed paper faced arched-top mats to hold app. 50 CDV’s or tintypes. The viewer currently hold app. 30 CDV’s (one of a young Civil War Soldier) and there is scattered damage to the rolling mats: missing paper; creased, folded and rolled over edges with tears. Each mat has an app. reveal of 3 ¼” x 2”; I was afraid to remove any images to check the actual size of the cards. The linen backing remains securely anchored to the so you can carefully view all of the images rolling from one spool to the other. It has a working lock with what appears to be the original key. The box has some open corners at the mitered and splined corner joints and some wear and loss to the shagreen paper. The left gutta percha knob has a very old crack/split that has a make-do repair of twisted wire. The bottom label reads in part, “Robinson’s Photograph Album/ D Millard Manufacturers Cincinnati, Ohio…Pat April 11 1865…A New Novel and Ornamental Article for the Centre Table”. WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO SHIP WORLDWIDE IF ALLOWED BY USPS. Please contact for international shipping cost quote. Stated U.S. shipping charges are for FEDEX GROUND in the contiguous 48 states. Higher rates may apply for AK and HI or USPS shipping. Please e-mail me if you have any questions. PAYMENT POLICY: Unless arrangements are made prior to offerding, payment is expected within 7 days after the end of the sale or the item will be re-listed. Visa/MasterCard payments accepted through PayPal. Indiana residents must add 7% sales tax. On all INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS merchandise will be declared as such (not gifts or commercial samples) and value stated as the actual sale price.
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