1865 Civil War Gutta Percha Robinsons Photograph Album Mechanical Cdv Viewer Ca For Sale
This 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”.
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1865 Civil War Gutta Percha Robinsons Photograph Album Mechanical Cdv Viewer Ca: $799