Superb Double Cased Benton Barracks Tintype


Item No. HA22921 Category


Outstanding pair of sixth plate tintypes of an unknown Federal cavalryman photographed at Benton Barracks. The first view shows our cavalryman dressed in his cavalry jacket and sporting a pair of brass shoulder scales. Nice, clear view of his M1851 eagle waist plate which he wears upside down in this view to afford the correct orientation of his sword belt rig. His heavy cavalry saber is cradled in his lap with with the sword knot hanging from the guard. The second views takes a more casual pose with legs crossed. He has ditched the cavalry jacket for a more comfortable wool, button up shirt. Wearing a pair of suspenders to short to do the required job, he has tied a rope to each fastener and looped them through a metal grommet that is attached to the trousers. His heavy cavalry trousers are worn with the bottom of the pant leg rolled up a good 3 or 4 inches. Both views are taken in front of the “Fort on the Hill” back drop which was one of the several back drops used at Benton Barracks, Missouri. Both of these views are absolutely mint! Housed in a double sided patriotic thermoplastic case.

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