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Sunday, 23 January 2011
Jewelry in the Nineteenth Century
Portrait of a gentleman wearing a work apron
Well dressed bearded gentleman wearing a work apron. He is installing a daguerreotype in the locket in his hands. Exposed in a studio, he is seated behind a board which sits balanced atop a Jenny Lind type posing table on which lie assorted tools for the work at hand, namely two other daguerreian lockets positioned on the board. He most probably worked in the studio since many daguerreotypists did their own work, If the work was subcontracted to a jeweler, it most probably would have been done on a jewelers bench rather than the make-shift props found in a studio.
The thinness of the profiles distinguishes the lockets from being watch cases which are quite a bit thicker. Also the one lying open on the wooden slab shows the typical empty frame with grey paper backing awaiting its image.
Portrait of a lady on a braided bracelet
daguerreotype, bracelet with applied colouring.