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    George Proctor Kane: Carte de Visite, Tintype, and Cover. Kane (1820-1878) was the marshal of police for the city of Baltimore during the riot of 1861. Despite his sympathies to the Southern cause, Marshal Kane restored peace to the city after a mob attacked Massachusetts soldiers that left twelve civilians and four soldiers dead. He was arrested by Union troops on June 27, 1861, and taken to Fort McHenry and then to Fort Warren, where he was imprisoned for a total of fourteen months. Following his release in 1862, he fled north to Canada. After the war, he served as Baltimore's mayor from November 1877 until June 1878.

    The carte de visite measures 2.5" x 4" features Kane in a three quarter length studio portrait, wearing a short coat with tails, his right hand stuffed into his coat breast. Tanner & Vanness, Lynchburg, Virginia, backstamp. There is a small chip at the left edge and the upper right corner is damaged slightly. The tintype, which measures 1.5" x 1.75", features the same image as the cdv, but from the chest up, produced by Abbott & Co. out of New York. The cover measures 5.5" x 3" and features a vignette, titled "Cain of Baltimore," at the left edge of Kane, standing with a cane in his left hand. The bodies of slain soldiers are seen on the ground near what appear to be log cabins, one labeled "Secession" and one labeled "Union." Mounting remnants on the verso.


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    April, 2015
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