One of the sharpest and clearest tintypes I have ever seen. Complete in every detail. This is of a Missouri man that went to Illinois to enlist due to the trouble in the war-torn state, as many did.
I purchased this image directly from the family's estate sale, and will have full identification and documentation on this soldier shortly. For now, all I know is that his surname is Curtis, and he was the grandfather of the lady who owned the estate.
Tintype pictures a completely outfitted enlisted man, delicately tinted. Posed with Springfield rifle, Colt Army pistol, tinted accoutrement plates, cartridge box and strap, etc. Fully armed and crystal clear.
How much more can be included in one tintype? Well, to top it off, soldier is posed in front of full painted Benton Barracks backdrop. Tintype positively ID'd as being taken at Benton Barracks outside of St. Louis. Also, the image was taken by the famous photographer, Enoch Long ! Incredibly historic Missouri image.
Complete in a gorgeous full 1/4 plate case with the seldom seen purple velvet. They don't come any nicer or more documented than this one.