Nice Hand-Colored Cdv of Prominent Arkansas Lady - Taken Across from Federal Headquarters in Little Rock by Gem Gallery
Here is a Fine Civil War Period Hand-Colored Lady’s Image, taken by an Uncommon Arkansas Photographer ! The subject view is about waist up, and the lady is wearing a dark shawl, with a ribbon draping down from her neck that the photographer hand painted a purple color, on a white blouse. Her hair is very neat and she is staring directly at the camera. The top left of the image is curled down slightly and the image and mount is lightly stained there. The mount is in good condition, with the typical period double gold line border. The reverse shows a photographer’s imprint of, “ GEM Photograph Gallery, Markham Street, Opposite Head-Quarters, Little Rock, Ark. - Henry Slatter, - - - Prop’r. - Pictures Colored to life if desired. Duplicates can be had at any time within a year.”
Mr. Slatter’s GEM Gallery derived its primary business from the Union Army occupying Little Rock, beginning in late 1863. I have sold several of his photographs of Union Officers & Men, and still retain a few signed examples in my personal collection as well. I am confident this lady is “somebody”, perhaps an officer or politician’s wife, a nurse, or a prominent lady of Little Rock, but have so far been unable to identify her. Civil War Period Arkansas Cdvs are Quite Uncommon and usually only from Helena, Pine Bluff, or Little Rock. Here is a Nice Period Civilian Image taken, “Opposite Head-Quarters” in Little Rock, Arkansas !
$60 plus shipping
Rare Cdv by H.P. Moore of Concord New Hampshire - Exterior of Fort Pulaski, Georgia, with Sentry on Duty
Here is a Very Uncommon Outdoor Cdv View of Fort Pulaski, Georgia ! Contrast is a little light, but the fort with flag flying can easily be seen in the middle background, while in the middle foreground is a single Union soldier standing sentry duty. Mount and image are in very good condition, with one small stain center of image and a couple on the border of the mount. The corners are just very slightly rounded. Reverse shows applied paper photographer’s label of “Fort Pulaski, Ga. – Photographed and For Sale by H.P. Moore, Concord, N.H.” Reverse also shows some minor staining but no creases or bends on entire mount. Photographer Henry P. Moore visited the 3rd New Hampshire Infantry in South Carolina, and Georgia, mid-war capturing many images some of which are iconic today, such as his African-American photos from Hilton Head, South Carolina. Many of Moore’s Civil War images have been published in a book available from the New Hampshire Historical Society Museum, and this exact image, though not from this Cdv, can be seen on the website of the Georgia Historical Society. This Cdv is one that was collected by Erastus H. Phelps, a Vermonter who worked in the US Paymaster Department during the war, and collected many of Moore’s Cdvs.Work on Fort Pulaski, Georgia, began in 1829, and it was not completed until 1847. Confederate Troops occupied the fort in early 1861, retaining possession until the next year. In April, 1862, Union Artillery, and especially large caliber James and Parrott Rifles breached the walls. Union Forces repaired the damage and garrisoned the fort for the remainder of the war, even using it as a prison for some time. A Very Uncommon Wartime Cdv View of Fort Pulaski, Georgia, by H.P. Moore!
$99 plus shipping
Fine Cdv Engraving of US Capitol by Brady
Here is a Very Sharp Cdv Image of the US Capitol Building
by Mathew Brady ! Photo is image of a very fine engraving
possibly of a painting. Several people are seen coming and
going from the Capitol, including some in buggies and on
horseback. Mount has double gold line border, and at bottom,
photographer's mark of Brady & Co. Washington. Corners
have been trimmed likely to fit in an album. Reverse shows
Brady's imprint, “ M.B. Brady & Co. National Photographic
Portrait Galleries No. 352 Pennsylvania Av. Washington D.C.
& New York. An Unusual Cdv Image by Mathew Brady !
$59 plus shipping
Lee Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, Cdv Engraving of ... James Buchanan ?
Here's a Nice Cdv Engraving, with a Richmond, Virginia, Photographer's mark ! Front shows subject in an oval, who appears to be an older distinguished gentleman with cane. I have been told that it may be James Buchanan, but I'm not certain of that. There are several small stains onmount around the border, and one dark stain to right of subject's head, plus the usual minor staining.Reverse shows photographer's elaborate mark of : "Lee Gallery 920 Main St. Richmond, Va." Imprint's inside an elaborate series of curled lines, with a Cross inside a Crown at center. Bottom of reverse shows "J.W. & W. Davies, Proprietors." Just A Nice Old Cdv with Great Southern Photographer's Mark !
ca. 1860s Unknown Institute or Academy - Double Gold Line Border - Snow On Roof
Here is a Neat Civil War Period Cdv Outdoor View
Of what appears to be an Academy or Institute ! It has
no photographer’s mark on reverse and no identification
of any sort. Building is at least three stories, with towers,
and I suppose it could even be a church. Originally from
Maine, this image may depict a building there, as snow
is evident on the three story brick, as well as some of the
surrounding buildings. Mount has double gold line border,
and some minor damage in the upper left corner, but not
affecting the image. Nice InexpensiveCivil War Period
Outdoor Cdv !
$25 plus shipping
Nice Clear 9th Plate Ambrotype of Young US Infantryman with Breast Plate, Cap Box, and US Buckle
Here is a Nice Crisp Ninth Plate US Soldier’s Ambrotype ! Subject is a quite young US Infantryman, in what may be a state jacket. His jacket is buttoned to the top, and he wears his cartridge box sling with eagle breast plate across his chest. Cap box is pulled around front and partially obscures his US waist belt plate, but you can still make out the –U-. His hands are folded on his lap, and the artist lightly “pinked” his cheeks. Image is fairly well focused with very good contrast. There are some issues, a couple of vertical lines one down to the left of the subject’s head. Some crackling around the outer edges, but not affecting the subject. I took the brass matted image out of the half case to see if there was any ID inside, but there was not. Wish we knew his name! However, I was able to see the ruby red color thru the glass plate. Image comes in a separated full case. A Nice US Infantryman’s Ambrotype !
Here is a Nice Cdv Engraving of Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard ! Image shows very well with a little bit of yellowing. Under the oval with his image is his printed ID, of “Beauregard.” Likeness is a very close resemblance to one of the most recognizable Generals of the Confederacy. No photographer ID on reverse. A period engraving priced as cheap as you will ever find an image of this Confederate General !
Nice Cdv Image of Lieutenant General U.S. Grant
Here is a Fine Cdv Image of Lieutenant-General US Grant ! I can’t imagine that there is anyone who is not familiar with Ulysses Simpson [Unconditional Surrender] Grant. But, very briefly he is the captor of Vicksburg, Mississippi, broke the siege of Chattanooga, Tennessee,and when put in complete control of all US Armies, forced the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Courthouse, in 1865. Additionally after the war he served as the 18th president of the United States. His entire history would take more space than I have here. The Cdv is a real photo and not an engraving, and was likely taken in April, 1865. Barely noticeable on Grant’s left arm are the ties hanging from a black mourning band he wears in remembrance of the recently assassinated president, Abraham Lincoln. Grant stands with his left hand holding the edge of his coat, and his right tucked in his pants pocket. The image is well focused with fairly good contrast and no major blemishes. Mount shows the double gold line border typical of Civil War Period Cdvs, and has been lightly trimmed at the bottom though not affecting the image itself. The reverse shows photographer’s credit of, “ O.P. Wilson, Photographic Artist, 308 Elm Street, Manchester, N. H.” A Nice Clean Period Image of U.S. Grant as Lieutenant-General!