quarter plate

Il ricordo di un bellissimo weekend dedicato all'antica tecnica fotografica del collodio umido. tante cose da vedere, dire, provare e tanti amici da incontrare. Questa è l'unico quarto di lastra su allumino che sono riuscito a scattare… un bellissimo ricordo del mio primo compagno di viaggio, il mio bimbo Matteo e dell'amico Dennis Ziliotto, bravo fotografo di Monselice!

Henri the IVth of France, Henri the IIIrd of Navarre, the “good king Henri”, forst monarch of the Capetian house of Bourbon.
Seen here rocking a bitching three-quarter plate harness, along with his telltale panache blanc - the white feathers on his helmet. Succeeding Henri the third of the house of Valois after his assassination by an ultracatholic during the French wars of religion, Henri the fourth reigned from 1589 to 1610 when he was himself assassinated by a catholic extremist. He was remembered fondly by the common people, something which cannot necessarily be said about his grandson Louis the XIVth.

Daguerreotype portrait of Second Lieutenant David Adams, c. 1845. He served with Company D of the Palmetto Regiment during the Mexican-American War and was killed at the 1847 Battle of Churubusco in Mexico. By Mathew Brady.


Exceptional Quarter Plate Daguerreotype of a Woman Telegrapher,  Daguerreian images of telegraphers are hardly unknown, but to Cowan’s Auctions knowledge this is the first featuring a female operator.

Anonymous, ca. 1850, housed in a full black leather case with gilt and mother of pearl highlights.

When Samuel Morse used an electrical telegraph to send the message What Hath God Wrought in May, 1844 from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland, he transformed communication in the United States. By the end of the Civil War, the telegraph had become the means by which information was transmitted long, as well as short distances.

Daguerreian images of telegraphers are hardly unknown, but to Cowan’s Auctions knowledge this is the first featuring a female operator. She stares confidently into the camera, her hands on a key and relay, a tape suspended magically in the air. On the left side of the plate the telegrapher has her first two fingers positioned on the ivory knob of an early camelback (also called a humpback) telegraph key, and in the center is an early and scarce Morse-design weight-driven telegraph register by J. Burritt & Son of Ithaca, NY. The register recorded the dots and dashes of the telegraph signal onto a paper tape so that messages could be received (and recorded) at any time, thus allowing the telegraph office to receive and record messages even when no telegraph operator was present. The paper tape can be seen entering the machine from an unseen spool of tape suspended above the machine. After the dots and dashes were recorded onto the tape from a pointed stylus, the tape exited the machine and fell to the floor.

Double Portrait Of A Woman
Date ca. 1850
Artist: Unknown
Ninth plate daguerreotype | Hair | Pencil | Paper

These are two ninth plate daguerreotypes mounted in an early three-quarter plate case, with hair locks and pencil on paper inscription: Have a care of this vain deceitful World & the lusts of the flesh; be sure You choose God for your portion, hea - ven for your home God’s glory for Your end his word for your rule & then you need never fear but We shall meet with comfort. Baxter

Chrysler Museum

Hand-colored daguerreotype portrait of two unidentified firemen, c. 1850.