Tintype of a man in thermoplastic case, 5c revenue stamp, 1864 (Civil War)
A strong and very sharp portrait on a tintype of a bearded man made during the Civil War, dated 1864.
Housed in a daguerreotype thermoplastic (gutta percha) case with floral adornment. Case in good and working condition, one small crack at the top (see picture). Full case with beautiful green velvet with some light wear.
Tax stamp is affixed to the back of the tintype: a rare 5 CENTS, GEORGE WASHINGTON "U.S. INTER. REVENUE INLD. EXCHANGE". Initials and "1864" in ink.
Portrait in very good condition. The 5c stamp is an example of the high end of the photo stamps, 2c is more common. (Thanks to Alex Novak for this information)
Provenance: Greg French gallery.