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Bois Durci

Heres a Union Case made by S.Peck & Co made from Bois Ducri. Nope? me neither so I had to look it up.

Bois Durci – A hard, highly polishable composition, made of fine sawdust from hard wood (as rosewood) mixed with blood, and pressed.

Measures 2″ x 1 7/8″ x 5/8″

It hasn’t got a tintype or ambrotype inside but a paper image of some sort. Maybe this is how they were supplied from the manufacturer with a mock up or maybe someone chose to use a paper image rather than a plate?




  1. Posted May 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM | #

    I suppose that it will give you something to do with the giblets if you do take up taxidermy 😀

  2. Anthony Jude Cavo
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM | #

    Hi, Just a quick comment on your “bois durci” photo case; photo cases were never made of bois durci or gutta-percha as many believe. Peck and Co. developed a thermoplastic composed of shellac and saw dust. Your case dates from the late 1850 to early 1860s and is indeed a Peck thermoplastic case. The original photo would have been a daguerreotype or ambrotype – you photo is a Carte de Visite, a paper photograph popular from 1860 up to the turn of the century. It looks to be from the 1860s. I have collected these cases and photos since 1966. Google Peck thermoplastic cases, they were also made by Littlefield Parsons CO. Thanks

  3. Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:09 PM | #

    Hi Anthony,

    Excellent info. Thanks very much. I was just going by the info provided to me by the seller off ebay.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.


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