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Wide Wilderness: Western & Wildlife Works

Wed, May 22, 2024 11:00AM EDT
Lot 266

2 Gutta-Percha Cases w/ Tintypes of Couples

Estimate: $300 - $600

Bid Increments

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$0 $25
$300 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $200
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
$500,000 $25,000
$1,000,000 $50,000
$10,000,000 $100,000
Group of two pairs of tintype photographs, four total, one quarter plate pair and one sixth plate pair. Each pair depicting a portrait of a seated man and woman. Each pair housed under gilt metal frames and glass encased in a gutta-percha or thermoplastic case. The quarter plate case depicting the signing of a peace treaty. The sixth plate stamped in the metal frame "Scovill Mfg. Co. Superior Waterbury Conn. No. 820."

Provenance: Property from the distinguished collection of Mr. James Lee Soffer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

(Large) Height: 4 3/4 in x width: 4 in x depth: 3/4 in. (Small) Height: 3 3/4 in x width: 3 1/4 in x depth: 3/4 in.

Condition

(Sixth plate) There are scratches throughout both portraits. Discoloration to the edges. There are bends and warping throughout the metal frame of the portrait of a man. The case is in good condition. (Quarter plate) There are scratches throughout both portraits. Areas of verdigris patination throughout the metal frames. Light wear to the case including one chip to the edge. Some light dust collected in the recessed areas.

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