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Ambrotype of two unidentified women

Made 1865-1870
An ambrotype showing the portrait of an older woman and a younger woman, possibly a mother and daughter. The older women is seated in a chair with her left elbow resting on the small table next to her. She wears a black dress with a brooch at the collar and a black bonnet. The younger woman stands to the right of the seated woman and rests her left hand on the older woman's shoulder. She wears a light coloured dress with a full skirt and long sleeves. She has a ribbon in her hair and holds a hat in her right hand. The ambrotype has been tinted with the women's jewellery in gold and the flower on the younger woman's hat and the ribbon in her hair in pink. The ambrotype is enclosed in a hinged case made from wood that has been covered in leather. The lid has detached from the base, however it would have opened to reveal the ambrotype on the right hand side. The ambrotype is framed in a rectangular brass mat. 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 faded red velvet featuring an embossed decorative pattern. On the outside of the case, the leather also features an embossed decorative pattern. A metal hook on the side of the case would have allowed it to be closed securely.
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