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Photographic 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 dry plates manufactured by the Hammer Dry Plate Company of St. Louis, MO. Marked extra fast.

The box is in remarkable condition for it's age. Stored very well all these years. Originally the box held a dozen of these treated glass plates, but alas the box has been opened. The box feels full so I am unsure if a plate may had been removed. I do not have a darkroom and would hate to be the one to expose these if by chance the glass negatives are still usable. The box states to keep in a dry place and open in dark room only.

Perfect to display with antique photography equipment, use as a movie / theater prop, Victorian / Edwardian era collectible, or home decor item.

Ludwig Hammer opened a photography studio in St Louis in 1865 by 1890 he started to manufacture his own dry plates. It appears his company is one of the few that did not sell out to Eastman Kodak in the early 1900's as it is listed as providing sensitized film, dry plate and negative paper as it appears on a list of WWII Government Involvement in Industry and
Authorized Federally Funded Facilities in the 1940's.

Hammer Dry Plates 3 1/4 x 5 1/2


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: cardboad box, glass, glass plates, chemically treated glass
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 147 reviews
  • Favorited by: 3 people