My heart sank when I opened this recent purchase. The sound of glass rattling about is never a good sign. Luckily it was only the frame glass that was broken on this whole plate coloured ambrotype. I took it to the studio to dismantle and re glaze.
A paper and timber back.
Mrs Lewthwaite (Granny)
William Lewthwaite (Uncle Will)
Large thick card
Two sheets of smaller card
The Times January 18 1855
And in pencil
A wonderful tinted whole plate collodion positive of a young boy, in a dress, and his mother. This plate truly has to be seen in hand, it is amazing.