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Lot of (3) Undated (ca. 1860) Union Cases, One with Portrait. Thermo-Plastic.
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Lot of (3) Undated (ca. 1860) Union Cases, One with Portrait. Thermo-Plastic.Included are: Littlefield, Parsons & Co., 2.5 inches x 3 inches, opens to a double image presentation, but with no images included, the exterior design shows a pair of children catching butterflies in a field, ornamented gilt brass frames surround both interior image areas, and an advertisement for Littlefield, Parsons & Co., the manufacturer of the case, is preserved under the glass on the right side; S. Peck's and H. Halverson's patent, 3.25 inches x 3.75 inches, purple velvet panels with blind floral embossing on the left, ornamented gilt brass frame on the right, bland floral decoration on the exterior, no portrait, advertisement for "Genuine Union Case, Improved" where the image would go; and 3.25 inches x 3.75 inches, purple velvet panels with blind floral embossing on left, ornamented gilt brass frame on the right that houses a tintype of a bearded man with rosy cheeks under the interior glass, a handwritten note under the image indicates that the portrait was taken on January 12, 1861, beehive and farm implements on the outside of the case. All three cases are in excellent condition, one or two of them perhaps even unused. Cases made from thermo-plastic, the first commercial "plastic" made from a combination of sawdust and shellac.
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