Octagonal Union case

Description

An octogonal shaped union case for holding early photographs. Sixth plate in size, the body of the case is made of compression moulded shellac (secretions of the lac beetle) with wood powder filler. It has an intricate, moulded geometric design on both sides. It was manufactured by Peck & Co, c. 1853-1857. It contains a photograph with a large oval foil mat on the right, and a red coloured, velvet lined cushion on the left, providing protection to the glass, with two embedded brass hinges and an integrated spring clasp. Union cases were used to carry light-sensitive early photographs like ambrotypes or daguerreotypes to prevent them from fading and over 1000 different designs are known to exist.
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Inscriptions

printed: "Genuine Union Case. Improved. Fine Gilt and Burnished Hinge. S.Peck & Co. Manufacturers." (on paper in bottom half of case)
printed: "Photographed by LEE & WILTON 100 Regent St. W." (back of photograph)

Object number

AIBDC : 009277

Date

1853 - 1857 (circa)

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Material

Dimensions
Width
85mm
Depth
25mm
Length
95mm

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