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Family Portrait Daguerreotype

Felch, 1846
Private Client
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    • Plate package, consisting of the daguerreotype, a brass window mat, glass, and paper binding tape

    • Daguerreotype Case
    • Daguerreotype Case
    • Embossed, leather-covered wooden case

This object consists of multiple parts: an embossed, leather-covered wooden case housing a plate package, which is the daguerreotype, a brass window mat, glass, and paper binding tape.

When it arrived at CCAHA, the plate package was held together with a historic blue paper tape, in good condition. The adhesive used to attach the paper had yellowed and stained the paper.

Overall the image appeared to be in good condition.  There was applied color in the cheeks and hands of the sitter; pigment particles were visible under magnification. There was some slight tarnish along the edge of the brass window mat, and there were some brown spots along the left edge.

The cover glass exhibited signs of glass deterioration.  There were multiple white crystalline accretions over the entire inside surface of the glass, and the outside was dirty and covered with fingerprints.

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    • Daguerreotype, After Treatment (2)
    • Reassembled plate package, returned to the case

CCAHA conservators removed the paper tapes from the plate package and washed them to reduce discoloration and acidity. They surface cleaned the brass mat, the back of the daguerreotype, the cover glass (which was also rinsed), and the front of the daguerreotype. They then reassembled the plate package, adding a protective backing.

A broken rail on the case tray was adhered into place, and the hinge of the case was reinforced with mulberry paper. Conservators inpainted abrasions on the case with watercolors before returning the plate package to the case.