Historically Important Photographs & Collections

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We offer auction consignment for collections of original antique photos of historical or noteworthy value, including antique photo albums filled with such images.

We do not consign run-of-the-mill family portraits of people who do not have historical, military or entertainment status. No portraits of great-grandmother, please!

Early Chinese Photograph Album
SOLD FOR
$620

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Early c1872 Mark Twain Cabinet Card

Sold at auction for $620 in December 2022

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Antique Photograph Album Auction

Antique Photo Collections & Photo Albums

Collections of original early antique photography and photo albums containing historically important images related to early American social history, India, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asian nations, militaria, and maritime subjects such as ships and ocean liners, among others.

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Antique Daguerreotypes Auction

Daguerreotypes

The daguerreotype, introduced in 1839 and prominent until 1860, marks the earliest widely adopted photographic process. Utilizing silver-coated copper plates, daguerreotypes are known for their meticulous detail and clarity.

Collected for historical significance, rarity, and craftsmanship, daguerreotypes hold intrinsic value as artifacts bridging the photographic evolution from its inception in the 19th century.

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Antique Tintypes at Auction

Tintypes

The tintype, prevalent from the mid-19th to early 20th century, emerged as a prominent photographic medium which offered an affordable and accessible means of capturing images.

Recognizable by their distinctive metallic sheen, these photographs, made on thin iron sheets, became enduring mementos of a bygone era, encapsulating moments in history from 1856 to the early 1900s.

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Antique CDV Auction

Carte de Visite (CDVs)

The CDV was a type of small photograph popular in the mid 19th century, usually measuring around 2.375″ x 4.25″ and mounted on a card.

CDVs depict a wide array of subjects, from formal portraits of individuals to group shots and scenic views. The affordability and ease of production contributed to their widespread use, making CDVs a significant part of 19th-century visual culture.

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Antique Cabinet Card Auctions

Cabinet Cards

The cabinet card – essentially a photograph mounted on a card, suitable for display in 19th century cabinets, became popular for studio portraits after 1870. Cabinet cards typically measure ​4.25″ x 6.5″ and are generally pictures of ordinary people.

Cabinet cards featuring portraits of people of interest or some social /  historical significance are most desirable.

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Antique Stereoview Images

Stereoviews

The stereoview or stereograph, is a 19th-century photograph featuring a scene captured from two distinct angles, mounted on a card. When observed through a stereoscope viewer, these images fuse to create a 3D effect, offering viewers an immersive glimpse into the past.

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SOLD FOR
$2,728

Incl. Buyer’s Premium

SOLD BY BRITANNIC

c1865 Carleton Watkins Signed Mammoth Yosemite Photograph

Sold at auction for $2,728 in August 2022

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