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Tintype of a Civil War soldier

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Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
Medium
silver on iron photographic plates
Dimensions
H x W (Case closed): 3 7/8 × 3 9/16 × 7/8 in. (9.8 × 9 × 2.2 cm)
H x W (Case open): 3 13/16 x 7 x 7/16 in. (9.7 x 17.8 x 1.1 cm)
Type
tintypes
portraits
Date
1861 - 1865
Description
In black thermoplastic case with brass hinges and red velvet liner; Preserver and mat: brass decorated with eagle, 2 American flags, cannon, and E Pluribus Unum set in a red velvet liner; tintype with cover glass of an African American Union soldier with a moustache and beard, holding a pistol across his chest. His buttons and belt buckle are hand-colored in gold paint. The hand-coloring on the buckle reads backwards "SU," which when considered that the image is reversed, reads "US," the traditional inscription on Union Civil War belt buckles.
Topic
African American
Military
Photography
Slavery
United States Colored Troops
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Object number
2011.51.12
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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