Lot 12    

Fine Half Plate Tintype of High-Ranking Confederate Officer
2010, American History, Including the Civil War
A tintype portrait of an unidentified high ranking Confederate officer; half plate housed in a half case.

This is indeed a colonel dating to sometime after February 1861 when the Provisional Army of the Confederate States (PACS) was initially organized with rank and insignia (three stars without wreath), indicating colonel proscribed in regulations first published in Southern newspapers on May 25, 1861, revised and codified in the June 6, 1861 dress regulations. The double-breasted frock coat and tall forage cap appear to be a shade of grey with a darker colored collar and cap band, all consistent with the June 1861 regulations, although this colonel lacks the gold sleeve loops called chicken guts. The belt plate appears to be a round two-piece state shield, possibly Virginia, while the sword is a typical M1821 straight-bladed militia pattern often seen in early Southern photography.

As a tintype, the plate is most likely reversed. The proper reading of the Old English script letters embroidered on the band of the forage cap is translated as I-P-A, or L-P-A. Although this is a key to identifying the unit and possibly the colonel, unfortunately, the initials "IPA" are at present unknown. As each company entered Confederate service under its own local name, there are several possibilities (see Tancig's Confederate Military Land Units, 1967). "IPA" does not stand for any of the specialty departments in the Confederate Army, such as engineers, commissary, judge advocate general, etc. At this point, we have been unable to identify this officer, but we can say with some certainty that he did not become a general later in the war because there is no obvious likeness in Warner's Generals in Gray.


Condition:  
Original cover glass was broken, so it has been removed; few spots on plate; otherwise very good portrait.
Sold: $4,112.50
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

don't miss

an opportunity to bid. You can't win if you're not in.

sign up to bid

what's it worth?

ask the experts

sell your item

start selling
Remington New Model 58 Percussion Revolver
Lot # 111 - Remington New Model 58 Percussion Revolver
.44 caliber, 8" octagonal barrel; S/N 98831. Two-piece walnut grips. > Item Details
Scarce 1839 Daguerreotype Description by Daguerre
Lot # 267 - Scarce 1839 Daguerreotype Description by Daguerre
Daguerre, Louis Jacque Mande. Historique et Description du Daguerreotype et du Diorama. Paris: Alphonse Giroux, 1839, in French. 2nd edition, 1st issue?. 8vo, modern half-calf binding with marbleized endpapers, 76pp plus 6 plates, with frontispiece portrait engraving of Daguerre. The book that start... > Item Details
Photographic Archive of 2nd Lt. William Van Wyck Reily, 7th Cavalry, Killed at Little Big Horn
Lot # 460 - Photographic Archive of 2nd Lt. William Van Wyck Reily, 7th Cavalry, Killed at Little Big Horn
William Van Wyck Reily (1853-1876) was born into a naval family but lost his father, William Reily, and his namesake, William Van Wyck, in the sinking of the USS Porpoise off of China when he was just nine months old. His mother remarried another Navy man, Col. Simeon M. Johnson, who helped young W... > Item Details
Model 1860 Light Cavalry Sabre
Lot # 152 - Model 1860 Light Cavalry Sabre
35" blade marked at ricasso Emerson & Silver, and U.S. DFM and dated 1864 on the reverse. Leather and brass wire-wrapped handle; metal scabbard. > Item Details
Pennsylvania Civil War Generals, POW and WIA, Collection of Signed Letters and Documents
Lot # 85 - Pennsylvania Civil War Generals, POW and WIA, Collection of Signed Letters and Documents
Lot of 10. Letters and documents from ten Civil War Generals. Two date to 1873 and relate to the reunion (one acceptance, one unable to attend), seven date to 1889 and are either thank yous or requests for copies of Boynton's letters on the Battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga (these are addressed... > Item Details
Buehman  Stereoview of Apache Scout Medal of Honor Winner
Lot # 395 - Buehman Stereoview of Apache Scout Medal of Honor Winner
Yellow cabinet-sized mount, with inked inscription Nan-tag-isra. (Scout) on verso. A fine view of Nantaje or Nantahe, holding a Springfield rifle. He served with Crook during the Yavapai campaign of 1872-73 and along with nine other Apache scouts was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1875... > Item Details
William Pennington Signed Photograph of a Navajo Weaver
Lot # 538 - William Pennington Signed Photograph of a Navajo Weaver
Toned silver print titled Navajo and signed Pennington in black ink, ca 1910, 4.25 x 6 in., matted and framed, 10.5 x 12.5 in. > Item Details
Indians Confined at Fort San Marco, St. Augustine, Stereoview
Lot # 450 - Indians Confined at Fort San Marco, St. Augustine, Stereoview
A stereoview lacking photographer's mark, but attributed to O. Pierre Havens, Savannah, Georgia, identified in pencil on verso as Indians confined at Fort San Marco / St. Augustine - March 1876. Following the Red River War of 1874-75 and determined to prevent further trouble, the U.S. government sen... > Item Details
Early Civil War Artillery  Kepi
Lot # 169 - Early Civil War Artillery Kepi
Blue wool with red piping, with tarred short visor. Interior retains stiff cardboard crown covered in linen, as well as sweatband and cardboard sweatband liner. Field scratched W on underside of leather visor. > Item Details
Colonel Marshall Lefferts, 7th New York Infantry, Watercolor Portrait
Lot # 105 - Colonel Marshall Lefferts, 7th New York Infantry, Watercolor Portrait
Ca late 19th century portrait, most likely a salt print enhanced with watercolors, depicting Colonel Marshall Lefferts dressed in uniform, with a kepi and sword in each hand, signed on verso D. Lefferts, undoubtedly a relative; 16 x 19.75 in., mounted, 20 x 24 in. Prior to the Civil War, Marshall Le... > Item Details
<i>Elleanor's Second Book</i>, 1839
Lot # 205 - Elleanor's Second Book, 1839
[Green, Frances H. (1805-1878)] Elleanor's Second Book. Providence (RI): Printed by B.T. Albro, 1839. 24mo, marbled paper boards with cloth spine, black & while frontis of Elleanor Eldridge, 128pp. Elleanor's first book, Memoirs (1838), is abridged in the introduction to this second book, followed b... > Item Details
Benjamin Gifford Photograph of <i>Wasco Squaw and Pack</i>
Lot # 534 - Benjamin Gifford Photograph of Wasco Squaw and Pack
Toned silver print by Benjamin Gifford of The Dalles, Oregon, titled 229 Wasco Squaw and Pack and copyrighted 1901 lower left in negative, 5 x 8 in., mounted, 8 x 11 in. > Item Details
Gerald Sinclair Hayward, Miniature Portrait Artist, Personal Photo Album
Lot # 266 - Gerald Sinclair Hayward, Miniature Portrait Artist, Personal Photo Album
A fine photograph album assembled by Canadian-born miniature portrait artist, Gerald Sinclair Hayward, including approximately 500 photographs of varying sizes, including many images of the Hayward Family and their friends in the U.S., Canada, and England, shots of Hayward's miniature portraits on e... > Item Details
U.S. Civil War Belt Buckles and Insignia, Lot of 28
Lot # 173 - U.S. Civil War Belt Buckles and Insignia, Lot of 28
Includes two Civil War U.S. belt plates, one officer's belt plate, one Indian Wars belt plate, and one Civil War Union cross belt plate. Plus, Civil War numbered insignias. Hat insignias including one Hardee hat, two first corps badges, one for first division and one for third division. Plus, USWV h... > Item Details
Geronimo Drawing with Signature
Lot # 389 - Geronimo Drawing with Signature
3.75 x 6 in., backed with watermarked paper such as is commonly used for book endpapers. Figure seems to represent a gaan dancer, with headdress, feathers dangling from his upper arms, and a wand in each hand. The figure even has "cactus kickers" on his moccasins. Geronimo (Goyaale or Goyathlay) was... > Item Details
Remington Beals Navy Percussion Revolver
Lot # 110 - Remington Beals Navy Percussion Revolver
.36 caliber, 7.5" octagonal barrel; S/N 2218. Two-piece walnut grips. No barrel markings. > Item Details
Johnson's Island, Ohio Confederate Prison, Gen. Alexander Shaler DS and Civil War Letters and Postal Covers
Lot # 88 - Johnson's Island, Ohio Confederate Prison, Gen. Alexander Shaler DS and Civil War Letters and Postal Covers
Lot of 8. Requisition and documentation of payment, 1p, 11 x 17 in. signed by Alexander Shaler, Brig. Genl. Comdg. Post for 29 Feb. 1864. The receipt is for pork, flour, peas, rice, coffee, tea, plus salt, pepper, vinegar, sugar, etc., for a total of $8958.08. Johnson's Island opened in April 1862 i... > Item Details
Whitney & Zimmerman Stereoview of <i>Wa-Kan-O-Zhan-Zhan, Medicine Bottle</i>
Lot # 453 - Whitney & Zimmerman Stereoview of Wa-Kan-O-Zhan-Zhan, Medicine Bottle
A stereoview capturing Wa-Kan-O-Zhan-Zhan, (Medicine Bottle.) Executed at Fort Snelling, Nov. 11 1865, for participation in the Massacre of 1862, as printed below view, with Whitney & Zimmerman's St. Paul, Minnesota imprint. Medicine Bottle was one of the leaders of the Santee Sioux uprising of 1862... > Item Details
F.W. Benteen, 7th Cavalry, Signed Cabinet Card Photograph
Lot # 462 - F.W. Benteen, 7th Cavalry, Signed Cabinet Card Photograph
albumen vignette with Gentile, Chicago imprint on recto and ornate Gentile backmark below inked signature Very Truly Yours - F.W. Benteen, Bvt. Col. U.S.A. Frederick W. Benteen (1834-1898) was a career army officer born in Petersburg, Virginia, who angered his staunch secessionist family by joining ... > Item Details
M1840 Artillery Sword
Lot # 144 - M1840 Artillery Sword
32" curved blade, leather and brass wire wrapped handle. Brass pommel and knuckle bow. Metal scabbard. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: