Iron, wood, paint
Overall (a): 15 1/4 in. × 7 1/4 in. × 2 in. (38.7 × 18.4 × 5.1 cm) Overall (b): 19 in. × 2 1/2 in. (48.3 × 6.4 cm
Headrest used for daguerreotype portraiture, in two pieces; straight wood dowel with adjustable iron clamp at lower end and iron socket at opposite end (a); adjustable iron horns in the form of a semicircle attached to one end of a second wood dowel (b), which fits into iron socket.
Headrests such as this one were used to help the sitter for a daguerreotype portrait remain still for the length of the exposure, which would take about twenty seconds.
Purchase, Abbott Fund
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