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Full case half plate ambrotype

Today Id like to share this recent purchase with you all.

A wonderful full case half plate ambrotype. When it arrived I was very disappointed to see it had been damaged in transport, luckily it was just the cover glass.


I took the opportunity to remove the plate and give it a good clean. I should have taken a pic before I put a cloth over it as it was covered in what looked like a coating of very fine sawdust. You can now see so much more in the details. Oh and I took the time to digitise it properly, the look on their faces in this crop really makes you question what’s going on?


I don’t normally remove plates from their cases and frames if they look to be in the original untampered mounts. A conservator friend of mine, April, suggests any untrained attempt at cleaning would be foolish.

The outer case has cleaned up well. What do you think? Take a good look.



  1. Posted April 1, 2018 at 7:33 AM | #

    Hi Tony, love the job you have done with the plate, it looks georgeous now!
    What is he holding in his left hand? Somehow it looks as if he holds an mobile phone ?
    Great work!

  2. Posted April 1, 2018 at 7:47 AM | #

    Hi Katrin,

    It does doesn’t it…



  3. Posted April 1, 2018 at 9:20 AM | #

    Now I saw the shoes! Even better job than I thought at first!

  4. Anne
    Posted April 1, 2018 at 2:29 PM | #

    Nice one Tony ?

  5. Anne
    Posted April 1, 2018 at 2:30 PM | #

    Nice one Tony ?

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