1870s Armed Cowboys Playing Cards & Drinking Tintype Photo Taken Outdoors For SaleSimply fantastic and original, 1870's, Tintype Photograph of three rough and tumble Western Cowboys seated around a crate playing card, drinking whiskey and displaying their revolvers - on top of all this the image was taken on the front step of a Photographer’s Studio and a portion of the large trade sign that was painted on the front of the building is visible behind them!!!
I must say here that this is one of THE best 19th Western Americana / Cowboy Photographs we have ever seen much less owned. While the “card game” is surely staged for the photograph, these are real Cowboys and not Eastern “dudes” dressed up to play the part. The fact that this is an outdoor image and the wonderful backdrop of the partially open door and the Photographer’s trade sign make this both visually striking and like none other we have ever seen.
This simply amazing, Western Americana Tintype Photo measures approx. 1 7/8" by 3". It depicts three Cowboys each wearing well worn, wide brimmed hats, vests and what appear to be their cleanest (although well worn) pants. Our guess is these were their best “duds” and they wore them to town and there decided to have their picture taken. The fellow on the right is seated on the steps leading to the door of the photographer’s studio and the other two are seated on primitive looking wooden chairs. Between the three is a wooden crate turned on its end which acts as a small table. On the table is a partially full whiskey bottle, a glass and some playing cards.
Each Cowboy holds a hand of playing cards. The fellow at the right faces the camera directly and has turned his cards to face the camera also. in his other hand he displays a pocket size revolver. The fellow on the left sits with his legs crossed and also faces the camera directly. His cards are held with the backs to the camera and he also displays a pocket revolver in his other hand. The fellow in the center, who sits behind the makeshift table, appears to be intently studying the cards which he holds in his hand..
As mentioned above, behind the Cowboys we see the partially open door to the photographer’s Studio (at the top of the stairs) and a portion of the Trade Sign painted on the front of the building. The Image is not identified in any way but the portion of the sign that is visible appears to read “Disler &.... / Photo...”. We have as yet been unable to locate a photography studio of this name but would greatly any information that would help put a location on this wonderful image.
Although the “card game” was obviously staged for the camera, the sitters are real Cowboys and their pose is very relaxed and “laid back”. While we have seen many “card game” tintypes and CDV’s over the past 33+ years this is the first example we have ever seen that was not taken inside a photographer’s studio and the first where the sitters were not creating some type of fanciful tableaux. This is a very relaxed and realistic Image - these folds are well acquainted with playing cards and drinking and they seem distinctly “at home” with the activity they are displaying. We have included a number of scans below and ask that potential buyers take the time to appreciate the wonderful “feel” that this Photograph presents.
This outstanding Tintype came to us as part of a wonderful collection of Western and Firearms Subject Tintypes, CDV’s and Cabinet Cards which we are selling this week and next on . It is unconditionally guaranteed original and of the period and comes with our usual lifetime guarantee of authenticity and “no questions asked” return privilege. Be sure to check out this seller’s other sales for a number of other fantastic 19th century Photographs from this small but wonderful collection!!!
This outstanding, Western Americana / Armed Cowboys Tintype Photo is in excellent condition. The Photo exhibits sharp focus, strong contrast and rich, warm tonality. The surface is stable with no significant surface crazing but with a thin and light scratch along the right hand edge as well as a couple of tiny spots of wear at the edges. There is a very shallow bend at the lower right hand corner but overall the Tintype is exceptionally well preserved and displays beautifully.
A very rare and simply fantastic, 1870’s Tintype Photograph of three rough and tumble Western Cowboys seated around a crate playing card, drinking whiskey and displaying their revolvers on the steps of a Photographer’s Studio and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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