Antique 1/4 Plate Ruby Ambrotype Photo Husband & Wife Gilt Union Case Mabbett



  • Lovely Ruby glass Ambrotype photograph
  • Classic portrait of a young husband and wife
  • she is wearing a very large cameo brooch
  • Held in ornate brass mat and preserver with protective glass
  • unsealed
  • The image is nicely displayed in a 1/4 Plate Gilt Light Brown Thermoplastic Union Case, “Geometric” Berg 3-585G (rare) or “Geometric/Scroll” Krainik 55 (scarce)
  • S. Peck label intact
  • Displays rather well

Note:  There was a note tucked into the brass preserver on the back of the image which reads: “Mary Mabbett, wife of Israil (sic) Mabbett , Mother of Hannah Mabbett.  H.J. M’s Great Grandmother – thinks her name was Mary Davis.” 



Image is in excellent condition. I do not see any evidence of molestation at all. The sealing tape was disintegrated so I removed to clean the glass and inspect. There are some light mat abrasions on the emulsion. Mat and preserver show some mild spots of patina. Case is in excellent condition. A couple of minor flea bite chips on the exterior. I’m not 100% on the pad, it looks like it could have possibly been replaced or re-adhered. Displays very well..


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