Very rare and large, late-1850s crystalograph portrait of an unidentified but no doubt important man. The glass is marked with Marchants Crystalograph patent.
Edward Dalton Marchant was a famous portrait painter, who later went into the photography business with his brother Henry. He worked at Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.And New Jersey and painted many important figures and families, including presidents Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson as well as a portrait of Congressman Henry Clay and Civil War General Grant. Original handwriting inside of this case appears to read, "General Confederate States of America". Considering who Marchant painted, I think the ID is accurate, but I have not been able to identify him. This was most likely a pre-war portrait c. Housed in its original hinged leather case that is about 8" x 6.5" when closed.
Case is in very good condition with a vertical split on the velvet pad. The crystalograph is in very good condition overall. There are air bubbles between the pieces of glass at the bottom and the preserver is broken in a couple of corners. Very rare format of a possible Civil War general.. A large impressive photo in person!The item "8 x 6.5 Rare Format 1860s Photo by Marchant Civil War Confederate General" is in sale since Sunday, February 25, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\Ambrotypes". The seller is "jack_mord" and is located in Woodinville, Washington. This item can be shipped to United States.