Family Record with Photos, ca. 1865
Appraised Value: $1,200 - $1,400 (2012)
IMAGE: 1 of 3
Appraisal Video: (3:14)
Vice President & Director of Photographs
Swann Auction Galleries
APPRAISER: Childhood days, courtship, going to school, our wedding day, and all the different scenes evoking something very typical of an American life. Well, the fact of the matter is we can date this object by the different photographs that appear. This is an example of a carte de visite. It's a French term that is translated as "a calling card." And here we see Miles Hughes's name. His wife, Mary Hughes, is depicted in another photographic technique that was also introduced in the 1860s, 1870s called a tintype. That's a unique photographic portrait. So these darker images are tintypes. And these brownish images are carte de visites, albumin calling cards. Of course, the information written in the key also allows us to date this piece. The images down here of the children are really cute, really desirable. In a photographic marketplace, those would probably have the most value if they were sold individually. But what's unique about this is the condition. The fact that it is in its original frame, that it's a marvelous example of pop photographica and vernacular photography. How much did you pay for this piece?
GUEST: I paid $60.
APPRAISER: In a gallery setting, I would imagine a work like this would be somewhere between $1,200 and $1,400.
GUEST: Oh, amazing. Very good, thank you. Thank you very much.
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