Dating an ambrotype

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Daguerreotypes (1840-1855) are on polished silver so they are very reflective, like a mirror.

Many are found in gilt frames or in the leather or plastic (thermomolded) cases of the earlier ambro-types.But, the easiest way to tell if you have a daguerreotype is to see if it has that reflection, just like a mirror.You have to tilt it back and forth to see the image.Since they are on silver and subject to tarnish, daguerreotypes were put behind glass and sealed with paper tape so air cannot tarnish the plate (there often is some tarnish around the edges of the picture).This was then put into a small hinged case, similar to a woman's compact.The page you have attempted to reach is no longer available.If this is a page you have "bookmarked" or added to your "favorites", please be sure to update the link accordingly. Uncased tintypes have been found with cancelled tax stamps adhered to the backs.The stamps date these photographs to the period of the wartime retail tax, September 1, 1864, to August.Two young men stare out at me from a small old photograph. A variety of websites offer tips and tools, and they have the great advantage of being able to provide visual aids.On the back, in my grandmother's handwriting, is written "Grandpa King's brothers." At least I've got some information to work with, but I'm eager to learn more: When was the picture taken? Which two of my great-grandfather's brothers are these? Type of photograph To learn more about my mystery photo, I checked examples of photos in the collections of Andrew J. Both websites detail the history of photography, including samples of various types of photography, such as daguerreotype, cabinet card and tintype.


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