Tintype of Creed Miller with star-shaped military identification pin

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Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
Miller, Creed, American
107th Regiment, U. S. Colored Troops, American, 1864 - 1866
Medium
iron and collodion, velvet and leather and wood
Dimensions
H x W x D (2011.155.294a-tintype case open): 2 15/16 x 5 1/4 x 7/16 in. (7.5 x 13.3 x 1.1 cm)
H x W x D (2011.155.294a-tintype closed): 2 7/8 x 2 5/8 x 9/16 in. (7.3 x 6.7 x 1.4 cm)
H x W x D (2011.155.294b-military identification pin): 1 3/4 x 1 3/16 x 1/8 in. (4.4 x 3 x 0.3 cm)
Type
pins (jewelry)
tintypes
portraits
Date
1864
Description
Tintype of Creed Miller, an African American soldier belonging to the Kentucky 107th Regiment, Company E (and later Company C). The tintype is encased in a copper scrolled frame with an oval window within a red velvet-lined, brown leather box. The tintype depicts Creed from the waist up in a dark overcoat, white collared shirt and bow-tie. His hair is styled and parted to the side. His miltary identification pin is fastened to the red velvet fabric on the interior of the case. The pin is a silver five pointed star with "C. MILLER/ Co. E/ 107/ USCT" engraved at center. The front and back of the case is brown leather with detailed scroll work consisting of vines and flowers. The case stays closed with a metal hook and eye closure.
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
Object number
2011.155.294ab
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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