Mercury fuming box for daguerreotypes used by Samuel F. B. Morse

The Photographic History Collection holds the photography equipment originally made for Samuel Morse by George W. Prosch (Morse's instrument maker) following Morse's return from visiting with inventor Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre in 1839. This Mercury fuming box for developing daguerreotypes is certainly among the earliest photographic equipment used in America, dating 1839-1840. Working closely with Dr. J.W. Draper in New York, Morse was instrumental in promoting photography in America, furthering experimentation, and producing early examples of the daguerreotypes.
Currently not on view
Object Name
fuming box, daguerreotype
Date made
ca 1839-1840
Prosch, George W.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 20 in x 11 in x 9 in; 50.8 cm x 27.94 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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