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Plate buffer

Object Number: 
1954.231b
Date: 
1840-1860
Medium: 
Wood, cotton, buckskin
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 3/4 x 25 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. ( 7 x 64.5 x 9.2 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in pencil: near short edge of top, on side furthest from handle: "Hands off / this"
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
Buffers such as this one 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