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    Full Plate Thermoplastic Photo Case, Circa 1860. With ten (two missing) table knives, modified by the manufacturer to house the knives. The knife handles are of ivory embossed with the letter "F". Each blade bears five cartouche touchmarks. Generally excellent, a few of the handles with hairline age cracks. The entire case is velvet lined, fabricated especially to house the knives, and embossed on the pad "Hartford Manufacturing Co./ Hartford, Conn." Also embossed with the oval silver logo of the dealer who sold them "Robert Rait/ 261 Broadway/ New York." Lining excellent. The dark brown thermoplastic case is plain on the reverse with deep relief scallop and shell motifs on the front and is in about mint condition. Really choice and a beautiful case. A most unusual presentation and an interesting insight into the alternate uses for these innovative photo cases, being the first thermoplastic items ever produced.

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    May, 2010
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