Fabulous Cased Pair of National Lancer Ambrotypes


Case pair of Lancers in Full Uniform, Circa late 1850’s.

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Neither of these men are named, but their uniform is clearly that of the National Lancers of Boston. Each wears the red coatee and blue trousers with white buff leather accoutrements. The French made Mortar board shakos has the round unadorned sunburst plate, and white ostrich plumes dangling to the left front.

These half plate ambrotypes are encased in gilt mat and frames and contained in a gutta percha case with a homestead scene on both sides. The case was made by A.P. Critchlow & Co., patent dates of Oct. 14, 1856, & April 21, 1857.

Condition is very good, with the undersurface of the protecting glass uncleaned. These were last on the market in 1996.

The National Lancers wore this pattern uniform from 1836, at their organization to about 1880, when the uniform headgear was that worn by the Regular Army. Once the Civil War began, the lancers were incorporated into the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry, companies “C” and “D.”

Just a super pair of military images.

The case is very good with some minor chipping on the corners, with light wear overall, but still respectable.

Please forgive the poor photography and my feeble attempt to hide the camera lens, etc.

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Weight 2 lbs