Two new Daguerreotypes

Here are two new daguerreotypes just arrived at the collection- a strong portrait of an anonymous young man in a gorgeous gutta-percha geometric design case, and my first ever photographic jewelry; a strikingly engraved locket with a daguerreotype and tintype of father and daughter (that’s the most logical explanation for the different image types inside).

The 1/6th plate daguerreotype of the young man with a goatee:

Anonymous young gentleman with goatee
Anonymous young gentleman with goatee
Case design, Daguerreotype anonymous gentleman with goatee
Case design, Daguerreotype anonymous gentleman with goatee

I was trying to figure out why the man in this locket would have been a daguerreotype, but the woman a tintype. Were they husband and wife, it would make sense for both images to be the same type, as they would have been taken at the same time. But if it were father and daughter, it would make sense for the photos to have been taken at two different times – the daughter would be carrying around a memento (probably a memento morii) of her father. And the ship sailing into harbor on the front cover perhaps suggests why – the girl may have been the daughter of a sailor or ships captain/officer, who perished at sea… or not… he may have died at home of old age, but that wouldn’t make as much sense or as neat a story.

Daughter and Father, daguerrian locket
Daughter and Father, daguerrian locket
Locket, rear cover
Locket, rear cover
Locket, front cover, ship sailing into harbor
Locket, front cover, ship sailing into harbor

The locket is in excellent overall condition, considering it is much older than most pocket watches I have (I’d place it in the 1860s), yet it has much less wear on the hinge edge where it would be slid in and out of a collar or a pocket.

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