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    Cased Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Pre-War Officer and Two Civilian Ambrotypes. The consignor suggests that these images are associated with George I. Davisson (1842 - 1895) of Lewis Co., Virginia (now WV). Davisson enlisted as a captain of Co. "B", 26th Virginia Cavalry on May 1, 1861. From the end of 1863 until early 1865, he was a POW. The military portrait shows a very youthful officer with a girl one would hope was his sister. He wears a Mexican War-style peaked cap with what appears to be "RJG" insignia (reversed, of course). His dark coat has officer's shoulder straps and he is holding an early ivory handled sword. The uniform's waist belt is secured by a diminutive Model 1839 US oval plate. This slightly eccentric ensemble could denote membership in a local militia or cadet corps. Metallic elements within the photograph are painted gold. Nice surfaces, case missing lid. The civilian images, also cased, consist of a quarter plate ambrotype of a lady and a sixth plate ambrotype of a stylish young couple. These are probably concurrent with the military image and are of different people. Both cases are missing lids.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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