Photograph Protective Cases: Wooden Construction

Figure 1.-- Here the decorative covering on a wooden case forva Daguerreotype has worn away and you can see the wooden construction.

The finished Daguerreotype image was sealed in glass to protect the plate from both atmospheric and physical damage. The polished Dag surface could be easily scrattched. The glass Ambrotypes were even more fragile and needed a protective case. The mounting varied from country to country. For some reason we do not see many cased Dags or Ambros innbEurope. We are not sure why. The common practice in the United States was tp mount the Daguerreotype and Anbrotypes in small hinged cases. They are very common. Early tintypes were also often cased, but this convention was deopped in the early-1860s. They wwre more durable than Dags and Ambros and their sellin point was low cost. Often there was a little hook or clasp to keep the case sealed. The cases were normally made of wood in two pieces than hinged togeher. The leather construction was more apparent in Japan. Thus a Daguerreotype studio also had people to do the wood working for the cases. In America the wood was always covered with artistically crafted leather, guttapercha, or other decoirative material. Thus we do not see the actual wood case.


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