The daguerreotype process was introduced in 1839 and named for Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. Exposed in a camera and developed using mercury vapors on a polished silver surface, a daguerreotype image is one of a kind, capturing the smallest of details with fine resolution (far better than a modern inkjet print!). Once complete, the photographer often gilded the plate to warm the tone and strengthen the silver particles, and then enclosed it in a book-like case that allowed the owner to carry and closely admire a photo of a loved one. On this one, an image of a woman with (presumably) her son, both have pink-tinted cheeks and sit sternly looking at the camera. A loop at the top allows you to mount it onto your wall.
This product is final sale.
Glass, daguerrotype, velvet, paper and brass frame
4" tall (including loop at top), 3.25" wide
1837 — 1901
please note:Terms of Sale
Shipping for orders during the sale is FREE for purchases over $100. For purchases under $100, a flat $7 fee within the USA will be charged to cover packaging and shipping costs.
- For sale orders, we'll be using minimal packaging and shipping via USPS first class mail. Since these sales are always extremely popular, expect to wait up to 4 weeks for shipping and handling. We have two employees and expect many hundreds of orders. You'll receive an email when your order ships, which may take several weeks. Please be patient!
- All sale items will be shipped using minimal packaging. We are unable to provide gift wrapping or notes for any sale orders—sorry!
- Additional antique items will be added daily. If you place multiple orders, EMAIL US with both your order numbers. We’ll refund you the second shipping fee and will combine all items into one package.
- All purchases of sale items are FINAL sale. No refunds or exchanges.