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    Wonderful Brady Carte de Visite of Unidentified Mountain Man. 2.5" x 4". No photographer's imprint but penciled notation on verso identify it as a Brady photograph. This is a rather perplexing image with some rather intriguing, and conflicting clues, as to just who this imposing mountain man might be. The subject stands in three-quarter profile wearing a heavily fringed buckskin jacket and pants with a buffalo robe over his shoulders, and sports a bear-claw necklace. He holds a bow in his hands and is surrounded by Navajo blankets used as props. The verso of the image has an old ink caption "Gen. Arney". This cataloger has found no general of that name in the Civil War personnel database or in general research on the internet. A more modern pencil notation on the verso reads "There was pen notation on back; incorrect bio of Gen. U.S. Harney. Arney was N.M. ter. Gov. & scout." It appears that the writer has confused the Arney in question with William A. Pile, a Union major general during the Civil War from Missouri and eighth territorial governor of New Mexico. With some application of imagination the subject in the image does bear some resemblance to existing photographs of Pile. Whether this is Governor Pile or an unknown mountain man, it remains a wonderful image. Minor wear at mount corners, slight abrasion on the verso from the erasure of the original ink notation, else very fine.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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