Headrest

Object Number: 
1954.232ab
Date: 
ca. 1848
Medium: 
Iron, wood, paint
Dimensions: 
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
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Abbott Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group