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    A HALF PLATE TINTYPE PORTRAIT OF AN UNIDENTIFIED PRAIRIE MAN, POSSIBLY IOWA
    c. 1863
    It is interesting to note that, although the image does not carry indigenous provenance, the subject bears a striking resemblance to the Iowa Chief Black Hawk, ref. 1869 portrait by A. Zeno Shindler, Native Anthropological Archives, Neg. #gn-03899. The subject holds a 'gun stock' war club with heart shaped piercing and brass tack decoration. He wears a large silver brooch and peace medal necklace. Although tintypes of Native Americans c.1870 -1880 do occasionally surface, only a handful of 'hard image' portraits from this earlier period, especially in this large format, are known. This is a most rare and extremely desirable Native American portrait.

    Dimensions: 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches


    Condition Report*: Absolutely superb quality. There is a small area where the image is adhering to the cover glass, most likely the result of casing the image while that area was still damp. The emulsion is 100% intact and perfectly sound, although an attempt to remove it from the cover glass could result in damage. Else pristine condition.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    September, 2009
    19th Saturday
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