This antique gold filled locket is designed with the appearance of a traditional pocket watch and contains three daguerreotype portraits of the Flaggs, a 19th century family who resided in Racine, Wisconsin. Britannic Auctions sold this piece for $235.
Upon opening the locket, three small daguerreotype portraits are revealed, neatly displayed behind beveled glass.
The images date to circa mid-to-late 1850’s and picture the mother and daughter, accompanied by a singular portrait of the husband/father. When the father’s portrait is rotated, it swivels to reveal a character portrait of the little girl’s grandfather.
Identified Daguerreotype Portraits
The first daguerreotype features a colorized portrait of little Celia S. Flagg, age six (1851-1938) and her mother, Mary Price Flagg (b.1825). Celia wears a hat, long, intricate braids, and a necklace with a medallion, tinted red and gold.
The second daguerreotype image pictures little Celia’s father, Gustavus Carleton Flagg (1817-1862, born in Washington, Vermont). Flagg wears a suit and a heavy beard; he married Mary Price in 1841.
The third photo has a pronounced mirrored appearance, and is of Ellis Price, the little girl’s grandfather from Denbigh, Wales, UK or nearby. Photographed as an old man, Price wears delicate spectacles, a suit, and holds a cigarette between his lips.
The photo-watch is engraved on the front cover: “EP to MJR”, and was given as a gift from Ellis Price to Margarina Jane Richards (1845-1896), a cousin of Gustavus Carleton Flagg’s, sometime in the 1850’s or ’60s.
A wonderful Wisconsin genealogy find! A small circular paper with handwritten notes on the pictured people was found inside the locket. Locket measures approximately 1.75″ inches in diameter and functions well when the stem is depressed.
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