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Buffs for daguerreotype plates (2)

Object Number: 
1954.231ab
Date: 
1840-1860
Medium: 
Wood, cotton, buckskin
Dimensions: 
largest: 2 3/4 x 25 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. ( 7 x 64.5 x 9.2 cm )
Description: 
Two long, rectangular paddles, each with inner surface covered with cotton padding and buckskin, cylindrical handle made separately and attached with screws, and traces of jeweller's rouge on surface of buckskin.
Gallery Label: 
Buffers such as these were used to polish daguerreotype plates with jeweller's rouge prior to sensitizing them.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Abbott Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group