Original Antique Tintype (ferrotype) photograph. Large full plate, 6 5/16" x 8 3/4" overall. Image size, about 5 3/4" x 8 1/8" Victorian era, around the time of the American Civil War or soon after ; circa 1860s - 1870s. Portrait of a prosperous young woman, seated, wearing a plaid print dress.
-------- First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln [wife of President Abraham Lincoln] is known to have worn a dress much like this one in 1862. It was Queen Victoria of Great Britain who started the craze for dresses / gowns with a tartan pattern, as early as the 1840s. Queen Victoria loved all things Scottish ; her favorite retreat was Balmoral Castle in Scotland (where Queen Elizabeth II died a short time ago). The popularity of tartan / plaid dresses soon spread to America and peaked around the time of the Civil War.
-------- This young woman, with the calm composure typical of the Victorian era, wears a hairstyle common in the Civil War era. (typically people did not smile in portrait photographs made in this time period) She is wearing jewelry : gold earrings and a brooch at her neck. The long-ago photographer added a rosy tint of pink color to her cheeks and also gold paint to her brooch and earrings. ------ This tintype is in exceptionally nice condition.Just very, very slight wear to the image. (this photograph was protected inside a picture frame, under glass, for 150+ years). Large, full-plate tintypes were more expensive to make, and are much more scarce today than the smaller versions. In nice condition, they are even more scarce. ------ This photograph is from the estate of an old Pawtucket, Rhode Island family. In the 19th century, Pawtucket was an important and prosperous center of textile manufacturing in the United States. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Photographs". The seller is "rickl711" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.