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TINTYPE OF A CIVIL WAR UNION OFFICER – HAND TINTED AND SMOKIN’ A STOGIE:  A 1/6th plate tintype of a young Civil War Union Officer, seated with his uniform coat and vest unbuttoned, and smoking a fairly substantial cigar.  A jaunty image that speaks volumes about the confidence of youth, the officer’s uniform and vest buttons, his shoulder straps and the insignia on his kepi have all been hand tinted in gold.  The image is clear and undamaged, firmly in place behind its original glass and held in place behind the gilt oval metal trim in the case.  The case has seen wear and the cloth tape hinge has separated, but could be restored if you so desire.  The red velvet lining of the cover is present and both the cover and image case are solid and not broken or loose.  The exterior leatherette covering of the case shows some wear, but it is still intact.  A fresh image out of an old Texas collection, this young officer shows much of the spirit and élan missing from so many of the serious, grave photos taken during this period.  $275



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