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Victorian photograph in brown union case

Price £150.00

Deguerreotype photograph of a Victorian lady in thermoplastic union case. Brown outer features a stag. Photograph surround of soft gold-coloured alloy. Red crushed velvet lining to inside of front cover. Measures 9 x 10 x 1.75 cm. Good vintage condition.

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These curiously collectable antique gems date from the years between 1850 and 1870, when the first commercial photography process was introduced. Wood fibre and shellac were mixed together to form a thermoplastic material called ‘union’, that was used to make display cases for early photographs. An heirloom piece.

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