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Photographic Images - Gutta Percha Cases
"The Calmady Children" 6th Plate Peck's Patent Gutta Percha "UNION" Case
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This is an original image case that was designed to hold an image. These are the style case that are made of a thermoplastic material that is better known as a "Gutta Percha" case. They are high quality cases that held the best images of the Civil War era. It will hold the tintype style image as well as an ambrotype or Daguerreotype. This one is the size known to collectors as the sixth plate image. This means that the image measures approximately 2-5/8th inches by 3-1/4th inches in size. On the sides of the case it has the design that is known as case #129, 'The Calmady Children, ' design case in the wonderful 1988 copy-written book entitled Union Cases; A Collector's Guide to the Art of America's First Plastics by Krainik, Krainik, and Walvoord. The state that in 1824 portrait artist, Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) painted an image of Emily and Laura Calmady. The original painting is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This is the size that is known to collectors as the sixth plate size. The maker's label is the case states that it was made under Peck's patent and is marked as a "GENUINE UNION CASE". This is a very pleasing looking original Civil War image case that just needs your image.

Item #: A5694
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