Lot 148    

Sixth Plate Post-Mortem Tintype of Union Officer in Coffin,
2004, Fall Historic Americana / Dec 2-3
unidentified, but incredible content being the only cased officer post-mortem we have ever seen. Lying in repose with open eyes and elevated arms is a slightly bearded company grade officer in frock coat and shoulder boards with his sword and belt rig placed next to him in the confining wooden coffin. The mortician fitted white dress gloves to his curled hands that accentuate the effect of rigor mortis. At the officer's head are the bold stars and wide stripes of the honorary flag. The unknown artist composed the image looking down upon the coffin at an angle imparting both an uncomfortably claustrophobic feel and surreal "floating" quality to this final photograph. A complex and time consuming image probably taken far from the frontlines in the deceased's hometown.

Condition:  
Plate shows minor spidering in top varnish, else EXC with strong lighting and good but not great clarity. Housed in a black gutta percha geometric case with minor edge wear.
Sold: $2,875.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

Cabinet Card of a Youthful Cotton Picker,
Lot # 708 - Cabinet Card of a Youthful Cotton Picker,
anonymous silver gelatin image mounted on grey cardstock, identified in ink on verso as "Joe Peters." A fine image of a young boy with his tote sack holding a boll. A circa 1900 child occupational. > Item Details
Civil War Archive of William Corbin, 69th Indiana Infantry. Co. K,
Lot # 450 - Civil War Archive of William Corbin, 69th Indiana Infantry. Co. K,
21 items (13 war date letters), 1862-May 1863. The 69th Indiana Infantry was organized at Richmond, Indiana, during the late summer of 862, and dispatched to service in Kentucky. William Corbin, a young private in Company K, was an optimistic recruit, fascinated with seeing the world beyond his fa... > Item Details
Rare Nevada Territory Boudoir Photo of Lawmen,
Lot # 1109 - Rare Nevada Territory Boudoir Photo of Lawmen,
an enameled albumen photograph,with imprint of A.J. Beals and George Waterhouse of Virginia City. Badges of all four men clearly visible. The name McCleery inked on verso in two places. With a bit of research their identities should be easy to discover! > Item Details
CDV of Major General Charles Griffin,
Lot # 65 - CDV of Major General Charles Griffin,
by Brady. A regular artilleryman, Griffin was promoted to Brigadier General in June 1862 and commanded a brigade in the V Corps for the rest of the year. He was given a division at Fredericksburg and fought at Chancellorsville, but missed Gettysburg because of illness, arriving on the field July 3r... > Item Details
Carleton Watkins' Photographic Yosemite Trade Card,
Lot # 1052 - Carleton Watkins' Photographic Yosemite Trade Card,
5 x 3" on buff gold ruled stock, circa 1872. Mounted on recto is a spectacular image the Yosemite Valley with the Merced River and El Capitan in the distance. Extensive printed information on verso Watkins' Yosemite Art Gallery. > Item Details
CDV of 1st Lt. Truman Heath, 1st NH Heavy Artillery,
Lot # 330 - CDV of 1st Lt. Truman Heath, 1st NH Heavy Artillery,
wearing Lincoln mourning badge, by C.C. Rowell, Newport, N.H. with Heath's ink signature on recto. Lt. Heath enlisted in September 1864 and wears an uncommon pin back of the deceased President in vignette set into a black crepe ribbon, dating the memorial photograph to April 1865. > Item Details
Steel Engraving of <i>The First Blow of Liberty</i> by F. Darley,
Lot # 198 - Steel Engraving of The First Blow of Liberty by F. Darley,
of the above title, engraved by A.H. Richie and dated 1858; battle scene between British soldiers and minutemen militia; 27.5" x 37.5". > Item Details
Two FDR and Prohibition Century of Progress Canes,
Lot # 876 - Two FDR and Prohibition Century of Progress Canes,
includes a cast white metal knob with bust-length portrait of FDR with Roosevelt on front and Century of Progress on back; mounted on a straight ebonized shaft with Century of Progress decal and tapered end; total length 36.5"; AND a repeal of prohibition cane with handle in form of barrel with tap ... > Item Details
Cabinet Card of Satirical Tombstones in Larned, Kansas,
Lot # 1123 - Cabinet Card of Satirical Tombstones in Larned, Kansas,
with penciled id on verso B.F. Bickel, Larned, Kansas, 1882. An interesting image showing two makeshift "graves" in a dirt street with board and batten commercial buildings in the distance. One headstone with In memory of N.B. Freeland. Vene Vidi Vici, the other with In Memory of R.H. Ballinger S... > Item Details
Fine Sixth Plate Tintype of 13th Wisconsin Corporal,
Lot # 173 - Fine Sixth Plate Tintype of 13th Wisconsin Corporal,
unidentified, wearing the typical five-button long sack coat issued to the 9-16th infantry regiments in late summer 1861. Note the requisite standing collar with the numerals "13" in reverse and blue tinted corporal chevrons with a company letter "D" on the kepi. The leather equipment is brand new a... > Item Details
Cyanotype Photograph of Little Ax, Son of Crazy Snake,
Lot # 1139 - Cyanotype Photograph of Little Ax, Son of Crazy Snake,
so identified on the verso, circa 4" x 4" photograph on larger stock. Chito Horjo, or Crazy Snake, was a Choctaw chief who in the late 1890s petitioned the U.S. Government to allow his people to sell their property in Indian Territory and purchase property in Mexico. His pleas were unsuccessful. > Item Details
Autographs of Two Ohio Presidents,
Lot # 936 - Autographs of Two Ohio Presidents,
McKinley, William (President 1897-1901). As Governor of Ohio (1891-1895). Calling card with State of Ohio / Executive Chamber / Columbus, 3 x 4.5", inscribed Yours Very Truly, Wm. McKinley. Columbus, OH, n.d. AND Taft, William Howard (President 1909-1913). ANS, as Chief Justice of Supreme Court (192... > Item Details
Albumen of 14th Indiana Soldiers,
Lot # 423 - Albumen of 14th Indiana Soldiers,
anonymous, measuring 3.5" by 3.25" on 6" by 4.5" mount, with period ink caption reading 14th Indiana Regiment, but no identifcations. A crystal clear photograph taken in a field studio showing a group of two officers including a captain, two sergeants, and five enlisted men wearing various uniforms,... > Item Details
Officer's Sword Knot,
Lot # 386 - Officer's Sword Knot,
metallic gilt woven with slide; 19" long. > Item Details
Cabinet Card of Montgomery Blair by Brady,
Lot # 790 - Cabinet Card of Montgomery Blair by Brady,
Striking cabinet card. Blair (1813-83) a Senator and respected political leader, was the first man to hold the office of “Postmaster General” appointed by Lincoln to that Cabinet post. A handsome and scarce portrait. > Item Details
Collection of Philadelphia Daguerreotypes,
Lot # 622 - Collection of Philadelphia Daguerreotypes,
lot of 4, includes 2 quarter plates and 2 sixth plates; each of the quarter plates have embossed mats marked Root's Gallery 140 Chestnut St. Philada.; portraits of older man and woman in floral embossed paper-covered cases, each with inked inscription sewn to mat William Platt uncle of Susan B. Erwi... > Item Details
Oil on Canvas of VP Hendricks Birthplace,
Lot # 882 - Oil on Canvas of VP Hendricks Birthplace,
anonymous primitive landscape painting of a story and a half log cabin in gray tones with penciled inscription on rear Birthplace of Vice Presid. Hendricks Muskingum Co, Ohio, near Zanesville; 11" x 18". > Item Details
CDV of Brig. Gen. Samuel Beatty,
Lot # 271 - CDV of Brig. Gen. Samuel Beatty,
with Morse's imprint and blue-green 2-cent revenue stamp, identified on verso, Brig Gen Samuel Beatty, Comd 3rd Brig 3rd Div. 4th Corp, A of Cumbr. Beatty started the war as a captain in the 19th OVI and quickly became Colonel of the regiment following Shiloh. He was promoted to Brigadier in Novembe... > Item Details
Archive of Antebellum Records from the Augusta, Georgia Arsenal,
Lot # 499 - Archive of Antebellum Records from the Augusta, Georgia Arsenal,
128 items, 1828-1855. Established in 1826, the arsenal on the Savannah River in Augusta, Georgia, was one of the most important arsenals in the antebellum south, supplying troops and equipment for the Seminole Wars of the 1830s and the campaigns against the Creek Indians. A young William Tecumseh ... > Item Details
1763-Dated Textile Pillow,
Lot # 1006 - 1763-Dated Textile Pillow,
likely American, polychrome flame type stitch in stepped diamond motif with block in center with MC/1763; small pillow form, likely a pincushion; 5.5" wide x 2.75" thick x 7.5" long. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: