This young lady still sports the tightly pulled back hairstyle of the early 1860s. In addition, the very small collar, sometimes referred to as a 'Jinny Lind' collar was the standard wear in the early and mid-1860s.
- Card Mount
- Tintype Size
- Quality Tinting
This gem sized tintype is a very unique and seldom found image, mounted in a miniature mat and preserver, then attached to a cartouche-style CDV card.
In addition, the quality of the image and care with which the tinting was applied to the cheeks is fantastic.
Technology Drives Costs Down
So called 'Gem' tintypes became possible with multiplying cameras developed in the early 1860s. Attributed to Simon Wing (usually based in Boston), he actually bought the patent for the camera and made many versions. Some could take over 700 images on a full plate. This was accomplished by using multiple lenses, sometimes up to nine, and then also sliding the plate in the camera after a set of images were made, and make another set on a different part of the plate. This drove the cost of gem tintypes down to pennies each - though usually sold by the dozen.
Estimated Date: 1864 +- 2 Years
The 'cartouche' mounting card was somewhat popular during and after the Civil War. They simulated the artistic appearance of the now-to-expensive cased image. Numerous cartouche cards can be seen in the gallery.
Tinting of cheeks, lips, and jewelry had been popular as far back as the 1840s when daguerreotypes were enhanced. It took skill and effort to get it right. While the tint on this gem is a little large, it was still accomplished with great skill. The quality of tinting declined considerable after the Civil War, as the proliferation of photographs caused the artistic skill levels to diminish.