Unidentified New England Boy (United States, 1850s?)


Figure 1.--We believe this boy was from New England, but this one-sixth plate Dguerreotype is unidentified. We would guess it was taken in the 1850s, but it is undated. The boy's cheeks are tinted as was common in dags. The boy looks to about 3-4 years old. He holds a large rounded crown hat with a medium brim. His hair is longish with what look like natural curls. We are not at all sure about what he is wearing.

We believe this boy was from New England, but this one-sixth plate Dguerreotype is unidentified. We would guess it was taken in the 1850s, but it is undated. The boy's cheeks are tinted as was common in dags. The boy looks to about 3-4 years old. He holds a large rounded crown hat with a medium brim. His hair is longish with what look like natural curls. The dag is housed in a split case. We are not at all sure about what he is wearing. At first it lokks like a long rather tubular dress. But on closer examination it may be an early kilt suit. We can make oit what looks to be an early cut away jacket with a kit skirt in the same material. He seems to be wearing the outfit with long trusers. Pantalettes or drawers might seem nore appropriate, but drawers were not commonly black.








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