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    John Durfey, Frontiersman and Indian Fighter: Pair of Cabinet Photographs. Each cabinet card measure 4.25" x 6.5", each with George R. Elliott, Columbus, Ohio studio imprints on the verso. Two posed studio photographs featuring John Durfey dressed in his dime-novel finery. The first image finds Durfey posed standing wearing a heavily fringed jacket, fringed leggings and holding what appears to be a Civil War-era .50 caliber Spencer repeating rifle. In the second photograph Durfey is seated on a buffalo hide rug with his rifle wearing more conventional clothing, posed next to an unidentified "Indian" holding a peace pipe and bow, and wearing the identical outfit (with the addition of a feathered headdress and possible wig) that Durfey was wearing in the first photograph. Presumably these photographs were taken on the same day. On the verso of each photograph is written in ink "Grandpa Durfey". A biography provided by the consignor indicates that John Durfey was originally from Dartmouth, England and arrived in the United States in the 1840s. He enlisted in the Union army and was captured at Gettysburg. He later escaped from Andersonville prison. After the war he became an Indian fighter and frontiersman. Both images have nearly identical creases at the lower left edge which minimally affect the images. And, other than some age toning, the images are crisp and in excellent condition.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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