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    Visually stunning - Historically Important

    A SUPERB SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE PORTRAIT OF AN IROQUOIS MAN, PROBABLY SENECA
    c. 1852
    Delineating every detail, the subject is wearing uniquely Iroquois shell necklaces, a beaded hat with ostrich trade plumes, beaded arm bands and a bandolier bag with beaded strap and pouch. Remarkably, the image is highlighted by over one hundred individually applied, pin-prick size dots of silver and gilt. This treatment is certainly unique in our experience and clearly indicative of the importance attached to this historic image. This is doubtless one of the most important Native American images to appear on the market in recent auction history.

    While known to collectors on the east coast for the last fifty years, the collector, who purchased this lot at a church rummage sale for $2 in the 1950s, sternly rebuffed myriad offers by all others wishing to purchase the image. As a result of the passing of the collector, and the decision by his widow to consign the majority of his vast collection to Heritage, the image is offered here for the first time in a half century.

    Dimensions: 2 ¾ x 3 ¼ inches











    Condition Report*: Pristine and untouched. While retaining only vestiges of the original seal, the image is uncleaned and retains, what are clearly, the original mat and preserver.
    *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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    Auction Dates
    September, 2009
    19th Saturday
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