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Daguerrotype triptych

Object Number: 
Z.907
Date: 
1861-1865
Medium: 
Animal bone, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1/8 in. ( 3.8 x 7 x 0.3 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten: on paper backing: "This frame was carved by a Union soldier while confined in Libby prison during Rebellion"
Description: 
Rectangular triptych picture framed carved from animal bone and housing three tintype photographs of young women with gilt-metal oval mats.
Gallery Label: 
A handwritten note on the back of this frame states that it was carved by a Union soldier while confined in Libby prison during the "Rebellion" (Civil War). Libby prison was a notorious Confederate prison situated on the James River in Richmond, Virginia.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group