Original circa 1860's Civil War era embossed leather bound photo album. This type of photo album which would have been made in the 1860's has The Photographic Album Philadelphia J. Ornately marked on the title page.
The next page after the title page has the wording "Index To Portraits" & there are 50 numbered lines to put in identifications if desired. No identifications were ever written in on this page. There are 32 cdv photos present in the album.The vast majority of the photos date from the 1860's with only a very few in to the 1870's (we only see three for certain that date from the 1870's). The album was made with positions for 50 photos. The album now contains 32 photos located in the same positions in the album that they were in when we found it. So, eighteen of the positions in the album do not have photos.
We are offering the album with all of the photos that were in it when we found it. We have not subtracted or added any photos to the album. The major majority of the spaces in the album have penciled identifications under the spaces.
Because of the penciled markings, it is evident that, at some time in the past, there were more photos in the album. So, probably some family member kept some of the photos. There are no occupational photos, & no outdoor scenes. The photos are all studio photos of various people.
Twenty nine of the thirty two photos are identified with, in period, penciled identifications on the matts under the photos. Five of the cdvs are of children & 27 of the cdvs are of adults. There are three photos of men identified as doctors (one also says Army below his name), additionally there are two photos of men in soldier uniforms, additionally there is a photo of two girls wearing (what appear to be) cadet hats. These six photos, in our opinion, are some of the highlights. But, someone else may feel that some other photos in the album are the highlights.We found this album recently in an estate sale in Lancaster County, Pa. We slid a few of the photos part of the way out to check for the state & found back markings of some photographers with two photos by F.
Gutenkunst, Philadelphia, two by S. One by Rehn & Hurn of Philadelphia, one by Roberts of Philadelphia, one by Whitaker of Philadelphia, one by Wenderoth & Taylor late Broadbent & Co.Of Philadelphia, one by Thomas H. Reilly of The Belfast Photographic Studios 61 Highland St. (this one does not have a city or town name mentioned), one has a blank back. So, this accounts for a total of ten of the 32 photos in the album. We do not have any idea what the markings (or lack of markings) might be on any or all of the other ones that we did not check. But, it seems likely that this album originally belonged to a family in Philadelphia since the actual album was made there & since we found more photos with Philadelphia back marks than from any other city or town. There are penciled identifications (some full names, others with family relation mentioned) as follows (as best we can read) under photos in this album: Cousin Mattie, Aunt, May & Anna Green this is under the photo of the two young women wearing Cadet?
Hats with the letter "M" on the hats, photo dating from 1870's, Uncle Hamilton Richard W. Hamilton has a back mark of Wenderoth & Taylor late Broadbent & Co. Of Philadelphia & shows American Civil War Union soldier & probably his wife, Aunts Holms, Emily A.Holmes, Sam & George Gutman? Beatty, one photo not identified on matt but, this is Dr. Charles Beatty based on another very similar photo of him with identification in the album, Mrs. Rebecca Still, Anne Still, Mary L. Illinois but not sure (with Gurney, New York back mark), Aunt... Charles Beatty, Aunt Rebecca Beatty, Mr. John Harvey, Cousin Bessie Harvey, Cousin Giny Still, Cousin Sara Still, Aunt Still, Wm.
(photo of a painting), G. Grandmas Beatty (photo of a painting, brown stains on background), Winslow Coffin, Dr Caldwaterlins?Army the back mark is of Thomas H. Reilly Photographer, The Belfast Photographic Studios 61 Highland St. As there is no town or city mentioned on the back mark of the Major Greisi photo we do not know where this photo was taken.
Many of the photos have slight toning from age. Some have, in period, corner trim performed to expedite album insertion. The two photos showing soldiers in uniform & the photo showing the two girls wearing cadet? Hats do NOT have any corner trim.The photo of Major Greisi? Holding a sword has a thin ink line mark on the left side of the background. The photos which seem tight in the album (which is the majority being 22 of them) have not been checked by us as we do not want to force them & potentially cause damage to the album or the photos. As mentioned above, the album contains 32 cdvs.
The album measures 6 1/4 inches long by 5 1/2 inches across by 2 3/4 inches deep. The album including the 32 photos has a total weight of 1 pound 14.7 ounces. The embossed leather binding has some wear & use around the edges. The leather section of the binding is unbroken.
But, there is a line of partial separation from the spine inside the album between the binding & the first page. But, the binding sits solid against the contents when placed flat on a table. The two metal brass catches are present & still work to solidly close the album. One of the brass catches is missing a piece of the decorative metal ribbon shape which it originally had. The edges of the pages have gold gilt.
One page has a corner tear at the bottom edge (no missing paper). The interior pages have some age toning. The interior pages are in well above average condition as the pages have only one of the usually encountered multiple paper edge tears so frequently seen in photo albums of this period. Who knows what treasures may be within?
The reference number for this item is #7803. Is an estimate and the actual cost may differ. The item "1860's CIVIL WAR ALBUM 32 CDV PHOTOS 2 SOLDIERS, CADETS, PHILADELPHIA ORIGIN" is in sale since Thursday, September 22, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\CDVs". The seller is "imajgin" and is located in Lampeter, Pennsylvania.This item can be shipped worldwide.