The Daguerreotype was the first publicly available style of photograph. It was introduced worldwide in 1839 by its inventor, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. The images were created using a sheet of mirror-polished silver-plated copper, which were then treated with chemicals and fumes to provide a light sensitive surface. After being exposed in a camera for a few seconds (depending on lighting conditions), the image was then fumed with mercury vapor to remove its sensitivity to light. It was then immediately sealed behind a thick, protective glass enclosure, since the final image was very fragile, and could be easily damaged. This process was used between the early 1840’s and late 1850’s, after which they were replaced by ambrotypes and tintypes.  


This Daguerreotype is in exquisite condition, with only minor damage to the inner lip of the enclosure. Both hinges are intact, as well as the clasping mechanism. Included inside the enclosure is a tintype, which had been attached to the opposite side at some point during its life. The daguerreotype is a 1/6th plate.

Daguerreotype 1/6th Plate with Tintype, Mid-19th Century

$295.00 Regular Price
$250.00Sale Price