Cased 1/9 Tintype W/mother-of-pearl Inlay: Tired Woman Wearing Hoop Earrings
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Cased 1/9 Tintype W/mother-of-pearl Inlay: Tired Woman Wearing Hoop Earrings:
We are assuming that this is an American tintype but cannot confirm this. Photographer unknown. We could not identify the sitter. She appears to have been sleep-deprived at the time of the sitting, but her expression is otherwise difficult to interpret.Typical for many tintypes, the contrast is dark.
There is pencil writing scrawled along the inside edge of the front cover which we believe is meant to be read as "September 14 1866," however please keep in mind that it may simply be an inventory number or have some other unknown meaning.
The case is lacquered wood. The front inlay is filigree and mother-of-pearl in a floral design.
The snap button closure and hinge are both intact and functional. The velvet/flocked lining inside the front cover is intact and has a distinguishable embossed (?) design of flowers in a trophy cup or wide vase. The brass (or bras-like) mat has very little tarnishing or corrosion.
The lacquer finish on the outside of the case has flaked off in some areas. The remaining lacquer also has visible cracks, and one of the missing flakes removed a small portion of the decorative inlay. However, the rest of the mother-of-pearl inlay details are intact and still show characteristic iridescence.
As always with antique items, there is some manner of mild odor from aging materials, although we do not consider it to be unduly overwhelming in nature. No visible mold, mildew spots, staining, etc.
This item will need careful professional restoration and cleaning if the buyer wishes to fully return it to its former beauty, however this is still a fine example of a mother-of-pearl ambrotype case as-is.