...Photographs should be protected from extended exposure to intense light sources. Limit exhibition times, control light exposure, and monitor the condition of the photographs carefully. Prolonged or permanent display of photographs is not recommended. Use unbuffered ragboard mats, and frame photographs with archivally sound materials. Use ultraviolet-filtering plexiglass to help protect the photographs during light exposure. Reproduce vulnerable or unique images and display the duplicate image; in this way, the original photograph can be properly stored and preserved.

Disaster preparedness begins by evaluating the storage location and the potential for damage in the event of a fire, flood, or other emergency. It is important to create a disaster preparedness plan that addresses the specific needs of the collection before a disaster occurs.

The location and manner in which photographs are housed can be the first line of defense. Identify photographic materials that are at higher risk of damage or loss. Remove all potentially damaging materials such as paper clips and poor-quality enclosures. Store negatives and prints in separate locations to increase the possibility of an image surviving a catastrophe. If a disaster occurs, protect the collection from damage by covering it with plastic sheeting and/or removing it from the affected area. If using plastic, make sure not to trap in moisture as this could lead to mold growth. Evaluate the situation and document the damage that has occurred. Contact a conservator as soon as possible for assistance and advice on the recovery and repair of damaged materials.

PS .If your photograph requires special attention or you are unsure about how to protect it, you should contact a conservator.To search for a conservator near you.

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Treatment Options for Photographic Materials may include

mold removal
surface cleaning
stain reduction (only if possible and safe to do so)
tape and adhesive removal
separation from poor quality mounts
consolidation of cracked or flaking emulsion
mending tears or breaks
conservation of cased photographs and case repair
electro-cleansing of tarnished daguerreotypes
rehousing options
four-flap enclosures
clamshell boxes
polyester sleeves
conservation framing


Hundreds of millions of photographs have been lost over the years to natural disasters, wars, and the age-old urge to clean house. So there is something special about every old photograph that's survived. Someone decided to make it... someone else, to buy it... and a lot of someones decided to keep it over the years. Whether you're the caretaker of a treasured family album or a collector who has searched out the classics of photography, it's important to preserve and protect the images you value. Fortunately, there is new information about what to do and what to avoid. And there are specialized products available to help.



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Friday, 12 December 2014

... the beauty of the past.

and happy to be surrounded !!!

Measurements for plate sizes referenced in the inventory are as follows:

 Imperial or Mammoth Plate - Larger than 6 ½" x 8 ½" 
 Whole Plate - 6 ½" x 8 ½" 
 Half Plate - 4 ¼" x 5 ½" 
 Quarter Plate - 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" 
 Sixth Plate - 2 ¾" x 3 ¼" 
 Ninth Plate - 2"x 2 ½" 
 Sixteenth Plate - 1 ½" x 1 ¾"

Silver-based, one-of-a-kind image on silver/copper plate 

...small reality check
A silver-plated copper plate is polished on the silver side to a mirror-like sheen and exposed to iodine vapor, creating a layer of light sensitive silver iodide. A latent image forms after exposure to light in the camera, and the image is developed with heated mercury vapor, fixed in hypo (sodium thiosulfate) and rinsed. Several subsequent developments improved this process, including the addition of bromine fumes and gilding with gold chloride solution.
A daguerreotype is one-of-a-kind photograph, meaning that the process produces only a single image. It can appear as a negative or a positive view of the subject depending on the viewing angle and the lighting conditions. A daguerreotype is subject to tarnish and usually is encased to protect the image.

American daguerreotypes 

Freemason John Higgins Gunn
Perfect tinted American quarter plate Daguerreotype of John Higgis Gunn in his full Freemason regalia.
 Late 1840's. This is a a very special image with good tinting. 
Original seal and case. 
In a untouched condition.

French daguerreotypes  

A nice collection of french daguerreotypes in the typical passe partout mounts. 
 The mounts are without frames unless otherwise mentioned.

Red velvet

A tinted French 4th plate oval daguerreotype in a black leather case with a rich red velvet liner.
A jewel of a combination of image, mat and case.
All that French elegance. 

Dandy in purple velvet

An oversized French 4th plate daguerreotype of a dandy. 
The daguerreotype comes in a black leather case with a beatifull purple liner. 
The image can be taken ook of the case and put upright. 
Good quality image in a 
grand case. Very pretty.

English daguerreotypes 

Girl with golden chain

A 9th plate English daguerreotype of a young girl with a long golden chain.
In a full case.

Scotish couple

Two 6th plate Scotish daguerreotypes of a couple. 
Wonderful pose and lighting. 
 Both are in a good condition full case with the makers mark in gold on the back. Ross and Thomson, Edinburgh. 
These are top quality makers as can be seen from the images but also their appointment to the queen. 


A weekend in the country

An English quarter plate ambrotype of a family.

 Nice early ambrotype, probably 1850's, taken in front of their house.
 These early outdoor ambrotypes are getting harder to find all the time. 
Housed in a good quality full case.