Machine In Workshop Unusual 1/4 Plate Daguerreotype
There is a heavy stand, with wheels inside it. Something is suspended from its attachment to the wall. This is a factory or workshop interior, not a studio.
This ¼ plate daguerreotype is a copy of another daguerreotype, as the rectangular shape of the original plate can be seen when the oval mat is removed. As daguerreotypes were unique one-of-a-kind objects, it was common to make another copy daguerreotype if more than one example of an image was required. Daguerreotypes of objects are rare and desirable, and this one has some importance in the history of technology. In a worn full case. [3+]
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