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c. 1860-80s Laquered Papier Mache Thread Box with Gilding & Albumen Portrait

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c. 1860-80s Laquered Papier Mache Thread Box with Gilding & Albumen Portrait We are offering... A beautiful c. 1860-80s laquered papier mache thread box with gilding and an albumen portrait. The black lacquer contrasts the beautiful leaf gilded pattern on the side of the circular box. The albumen portrait on the top is of a women wearing a late 1800s dress holding a fan. The box comes with 5 different beautiful silk threads as well as the black darning thread. The albumen silver positive printing process was the most important positive photographic process of the second part of the nineteenth century. Albumen photographs were used for all kinds of photographic applications, from commercial portrait photography to scientific photography. Albumen photographs were often mounted on mounting boards. Many, but not all, of existing cartes de visite (CDV), cabinet cards (CC), and a number of later variants of card photographs contain albumen prints. Albumen photographs were also mounted in early photographic albums and printed in large numbers for trade as portraits of famous people or royalty, as curiosities, or as tourist souvenirs. (cc: The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Signatures By Dusan C. Sulik) Approx. Dimensions: Height: 2" Diameter: 3" Condition: Item is in great age related condition. Has some nicks and scuffs. Please see all photos for complete description. All CA Residents must pay CA Sales Tax LOC. F