Daguerreotype Case

Daguerreotype Case

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This thermoplastic case, which may date from the late 1850s, is made of a composite material that probably contains shellac, wood resin, and lampblack. A paper inside the case reads, in part: “A. P. CRITCHLOW & CO. / Manufacturers of Daguerreotype Cases / A.P.C. & CO. / Are the Original Inventors of / the Composition for the UNION CASE / (so called,) including all the various shades / of color and fineness of texture pecu- / liar to their manufacture and of the / EMBRACING RIVETED HINGES, thus / securing them from breaking out as / do others that are inserted / with or without a / metal brace. / Hinge Patented / OCT. 14, 1856, & APRIL 21, 1857.”
Ref: Alfred P. Critchlow, “Hinge for Picture-Cases,” U.S. Patent 15,915 (Oct. 14, 1856; reissued April 21, 1857).
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Object Name
Daguerreotype Case
Date made
ca. 1858
A.P. Critchlow and Company
overall: 5 in x 6 1/8 in x in; 12.7 cm x 15.5001 cm x 2.50012 cm
overall: 1 1/8 in x 6 1/8 in x 5 in; 2.8575 cm x 15.5575 cm x 12.7 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of J. Harry DuBois
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