Figure 1.-- Here we have a wonderful colorized Daguerreotype portrait. All we know about the boy is that his name was Elisha Dickerman because he is identified in a period pencil loose note. Elisha looks to be about 6 years old. We have no idea where he was from in America. He has long shoulder-length ringlet curls. He has a small white collar and a jacket with numerous buttons.

Elisha Dickerman (United States, 1850s)

Here we have a wonderful colorized Daguerreotype portrait. All we know about the boy is that his name was Elisha Dickerman because he is identified in a period pencil loose note. Elisha looks to be about 6 years old. We have no idea where he was from in America. He has long shoulder-length ringlet curls. He has a small white collar and a jacket with numerous buttons. His white hat is on the table. It looks to be a Panama hat. The portrait is colorized, but in this case Ekiza is wearing black or dark-colored clothing so the studio has mostly colorized the table cloth. We are not sure when the portrait was taken, but gicen that it is a Daguerreotyoe, we are probably talking about the 1840s or early 50s. We tend to think the early 50s because of the boy's clothing. While we are not yet sure, the jacket here seems to be more a 1850s than a 1840s style. One interesting aspect of the portrait was that Elisha's jacket buttons are closed at top and bottom, but open in between. His hand is atop a slim white cane. 5 Notice his big gold ring. Also interesting is his fancy white hat with robin's egg blue band. We are not sure if that was an accurate depiction, but it may have well been. The frame in the dag case is very basic, not ornate like many plates. This may be useful in dateing the image, but we do not yet know enough about these frames to be able to do so.







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