A sharp quarter plate tinype of an armed Hawkin’s Zouave, holding an 1816 conversion musket with a Maynard Tape Primer incorporated into the lock. Hand tinted.
At the beginning of the Civil War Rush Hawkins initially raised a company of zouaves and volunteers them to serve the Union cause, and soon following was charged with raising a regiment in New York City. These “Fire Zouaves” were designated the 9th New York Volunteer Infantry, and soon would see their first action as part of General Ambrose Burnside’s Expedition to North Carolina in January of 1862. Some of this units heaviest action came at Camden, NC, and Antietam, Maryland.
This 1/4 plate tintype is in fine condition showing this seated and armed Zouave holding his .69 caliber, 1816 conversion musket with Maynard Tape Primer, probably a Remington contract type. His jacket has been finely tinted in the appropriate color, highlighting the work trim. Note he shows the rank of corporal on the upper cuff area.
His wide red sash surrounds his mid section with a waist belt and plate with flaming bomb, reminiscent of that used by their French counterparts.
A camp scene fills the background of this great image capturing a Zouave from a well known New York City unit.
The gutta percha case show wear, with a few chips and cracks; hinges sound, and a nice interior. The case makers label shows some lose of wording, but overall in very good condition.
A desirable image both in size and composition.