DescriptionCased 1/6th Plate Ambrotype of Captain John West and His Wife. West, of the Georgia Volunteers, served on the staff of General Richard Taylor and under General Forrest. His militia-style shell jacket has what appear to be nine eagle buttons. A vest and trousers of a lighter fabric than the jacket's complete the uniform. Light gold paint colors the buttons, a strip of piping on the collar, and a stripe down the soldier's pant leg. The supportive young bride in this image has a brooch at her throat bearing her husband's likeness. Housed in a gutta-percha Union case embossed with Cupid and a stag on both sides. The emulsion on this ambrotype is smooth and intact where such really counts; however, there are several small scrapes in a perfect oval suggesting that the plate was originally under a smaller mat.
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