Daguerreotype

wandrews

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Good Evening,
I recently recovered the two items pictured in the attachments on an 1850s era farm site. The item shown in the first two images appears to be a frame for a daguerreotype (?) perhaps. The second pair of images show what I believe is a copper plate. Could someone comment on my assumption about the frame? If the frame was for a daguerreotype would the plate be the actual daguerreotype? My images make the plate appear to have slight curves on the sides, but I think that is an artifact due to the plate's being slightly bent. The plate's size seems a bit off for a sixth sheet, but the back of the "frame" appears to be spot on. These objects were found within a few feet of each other.
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villagenut

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I recently dug a similar brass section and I attributed it to a picture frame oval insert as yours looks to be. Seems more credible after seeing yours posted here.
 

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Bioheat1969

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Good Evening,
I recently recovered the two items pictured in the attachments on an 1850s era farm site. The item shown in the first two images appears to be a frame for a daguerreotype (?) perhaps. The second pair of images show what I believe is a copper plate. Could someone comment on my assumption about the frame? If the frame was for a daguerreotype would the plate be the actual daguerreotype? My images make the plate appear to have slight curves on the sides, but I think that is an artifact due to the plate's being slightly bent. The plate's size seems a bit off for a sixth sheet, but the back of the "frame" appears to be spot on. These objects were found within a few feet of each other.
Many Thanks!
You are dead on on all points, you have the metal matte(frame) and the print itself there. I collect daguerreotypes, the matte and print would go inside a leather bound wooden frame that opens like a book.
 
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wandrews

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You are dead on on all points, you have the metal matte(frame) and the print itself there. I collect daguerreotypes, the matte and print would go inside a leather bound wooden frame that opens like a book.
Thank you! I appreciate your confirmation. Stay Safe.
 

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