Wood, cotton, buckskin
Overall: 2 3/4 x 25 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. ( 7 x 64.5 x 9.2 cm )
handwritten in pencil: near short edge of top, on side furthest from handle: "Hands off / this"
Long, rectangular paddle with inner surface covered with cotton padding and buckskin; cylindrical handle made separately and attached with screws; traces of jeweller's rouge on surface of buckskin.
Buffers such as this one were used to polish daguerreotype plates with jeweller's rouge prior to sensitizing them.
Purchase, Abbott Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.