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1856 Pre Civil War Photo Holder

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Very nice pre civil war photograph holder. Not often found intact, let alone in excellent condition, this one is both. Appears to have been unsused.
This is an example of early thermoplastic, a mixture of shellac and wood fibers pressed into a steel mold and hardened. This was often called Gutta Percha. These were used from about 1855 - 1865. Maybe a little sooner or a little later.

This particular one is in pristine condition, with the original advertisement set into the photo side.

It reads:
Littlefield, Parsons, & Co.
Sole Manufacturers of
Embracing Riveted Hinge.
Oct. 14, 1856 & April 21, 1857

The left side is embossed velvet. It measure 21/4" x14/5"

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If you are looking for perfect, then perhaps vintage is not really for you. Vintage means previously loved and used. This means it may or may not have minor flaws. I try to list these if I find them. Sometimes I may miss something. Hopefully not often. Please, unless the description says perfect, assume it is not.

1856 Pre Civil War Photo Holder


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: Gutta Percha, glass, velvet
  • Only ships within United States.
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