A scarce image taken most likely in the mid to late 1850’s.
9th Plate Daguerreotype Of A Navy Assistant Surgeon. The young surgeon is not identified. The cap insignia in this era were all the same for any grade of surgeon, but the grade would be determined by the shoulder straps, and in this case the officer is wearing a thinner strap with only an eighth of an inch wide border.
The photograph was taken by “A. DONEGAN’S TRAVELING DAGUERREOTYPE SALOON.” Being an itinerate daguerreian, those of you more deeply into the photographic history may know were this artist hailed from.
There are some scratches on the image, very light, from someone not knowing how delicate the emulsion is. At some point the image was resealed.
Taking a photograph of this properly would look much better, and therefore would be fine for using in a publication.
The leatherette case is in very good – fine condition, with the leather hinge weakening, yet holding.
I found another, nearly identical shot of this officer on line, having been sold on eBay, in 2016. These images are almost exact, but under close inspection, there is the slightest bit of difference, and this one had a different mat. The other one sold for $635.03 just for reference. I have include an image of that one with this listing.
A scarce image.