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Real Heads Cartoon Bodies & Horses Rare Ambrotype Circa 1860 For Sale
The real heads on cartoon bodies theme can be found in the tintype format, but I've never before seen it in an ambrotype. It is a theme usually associated with carnivals, in either late 19th or early 20th century. This may be the earliest photographic image ever with this theme and format! Ambrotypes are positive photographs on glass and require black backing
in order to be seen. Each one is unique. The ambrotype era is generally
considered to be 1854-1863.SIZE. Sixth plate.HOUSING. Worn wooden frame with hook at top.CONDITION. Very good. Some imperfections in the glass, but this is true of virtually all ambrotypes, so 'very good' is being conservative. APPEARANCE. Very good contrast. Very good composition. Very well done.VISIT OUR WEBSITE by clicking on the ME icon and then clicking on ‘Greg French Early Photography Website.’On Mar-12-13 at 10:33:00 PDT, seller added the following information:
PERHAPS LATER. Although I'm correct that the ambrotype era is generally considered to be the late 1850s and early 1860s, ambrotypes were made in Japan long after that. Someone wrote me claiming that this is an example of an 'English beach ambrotype' and that it was likely made just before the turn of the century.
On Mar-17-13 at 16:12:22 PDT, seller added the following information:
YES, PROBABLY LATE 1800s. I"ve had it verified that this is probably a British beach ambrotype from the latter part of the century. NOT 1860.
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Real Heads Cartoon Bodies & Horses Rare Ambrotype Circa 1860: $305