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    Cased Sixth Plate Tintype From Life and Post Mortem Daguerreotype of Identified Rhode Island Officer. A most unusual pairing of images in both subject and media. The tintype depicts 1st Lieutenant Frederick Metcalf, Company "B", 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery. He wears a regulation frock coat, Model 1851 sword belt, and a kepi adorned with a "3" above crossed cannon. The image is expertly tinted with gold and artillery red. The accompanying daguerreotype shows the upper portion of a young man's corpse dressed in white and resting on a pillow. Purportedly, this image is of Metcalf as well. A period newspaper obituary is included with the photographs and states. "In Beaufort, S.C., at the Officer's Hospital, 27th ultimo, of typhoid fever, 1st Lieut. Frederick Metcalf, Co. B, 3rd R.I. Artillery, only son of Edwin Metcalf, of this city, in the 17th year of his age." The year was 1864. There is a striking resemblance between the subjects in the photographs, however the identity of the post mortem image must be questioned. The daguerreotype process had become obsolete by the late 1850s and its use here, although not impossible, would have been somewhat of an anachronism. The tintype has tiny emulsion cracks throughout, yet appears quite stable. The daguerreotype exhibits light spotting and a few spider web scratches. Case worn with loose hinge.

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    June, 2008
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