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Dating an ambrotype

It continued to be used by open-air photographers until the 1880s as the process took a short amount of time.

Many characteristics were short lived as new mount designs and features were constantly introduced by the printers to encourage photographers to buy more mounts so as to remain up to date and in fashion.

Whilst a ‘not before’ date can be accurately established for any particular attribute, allowance has been made in the calculations for the fact that some photographers would take longer to use up their stock of card mounts than others.

You have to tilt it back and forth to see the image.

The second type of photograph, ambrotypes, (1855-1865) also came in hinged cases but in these there is a photographic emulsion that has been coated onto glass so they do not have that "shiny mirror" reflection (but, being on glass they are somewhat reflective).

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From Mathew Brady's Civil War photos to Ansel Adams' landscapes to Irving Penn's magazine shots, antique and vintage photographs are highly collectible. By the mid-1840s, they were affordable for the average person, and it is therefore relatively easy to find old daguerreotypes today.

Prescribed were grey jackets with crimson trim denoting the infantry branch. It was a combined force of infantry, artillery and cavalry. They would play a significant role in Tennessee during the Siege of Cumberland Gap. As they tried to wrestle control for Snod Grass Hill they would suffer a 45% casualty rate out of the 902 men from the unit sent into battle.

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Some card mounts were produce by local printers and may not conform to the styles of the national providers.

However, the wizard will usually date your photograph to within a period of 9 years, and often more closely than that.

The second biggest problem is the emulsion turns dark making the image look dark.