One of the Chase brothers, either Ezra or Lorenzo, operating in Boston circa 1846 made many extant resealed sixth plate daguerreotypes with “Chase” impressed in the brass mats using the backcloth seen with the crease behind the elderly gent on the right side. Then there were unmarked dags showing the same fabric coupled with a bare topped spool legged small wooden table. That piece of furniture top is visible behind the fellow with his deeply furrowed face and bright blue eyes. I can’t decide how old the man might have been when he visited one of the brothers’ galleries. Did you know that Ezra, under the sponsorship of John Plumbe was operating a studio here in Exeter, in the Granite House, in the summer of 1841? The boys grew up in Kensington NH, a hamlet that shares a common boundary with Exeter on the southwestern quadrant. While there are simple mat scratches at the bottom and on the left side of the image, nothing should deter you from owning his perfectly focused, magnificently produced daguerreotype that exhibits unmatchable contrast and impressive reflected depth. The subject is willing and ready to be engaged in conversation. His common leather case is in two pieces. $900
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