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Ambrotype portrait of Ann Plummer

Made in New South Wales, Australia, 1862-1864.
A hand-tinted ambrotype showing a 3/4 length portrait of a young 6 year old girl photographed in a studio setting. The girl wears a dress with a full skirt and 3/4 length sleeves. She looks directly into the camera and is holding a flower in front of her (a symbol, but also a device to ensure the young girl didn't move her hands while the portrait was being taken). The ambrotype is enclosed in a hinged case made from wood that has been covered in leather. The case opens to reveal the ambrotype on the right hand side. The ambrotype is framed in a rectangular brass mat that has been stamped with a decorative pattern. A glass panel sits over the top of the brass mat and another decorative brass frame sits on the outside of the glass. The opposite side of the case is lined with red velvet. On the outside of the case, the leather features an embossed decorative border. A metal hook on the side of the case would have allowed it to be closed securely. The lid has become detached from the base of the case and tape has been used in an attempt to repair it.
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