Two 1850s Daguerreotypes Francis Slason/ Slason Family Rutland, Vermont VT For Sale
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Two 1850s Daguerreotypes Francis Slason/ Slason Family Rutland, Vermont VT: $400
For your consideration, an extremely rare grouping of two 1850s daguerreotypes (sixth plates and full cases, though not intact) of Francis Slason of Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont and an unidentified portrait of a middle-aged lady. Francis Slason, son of Nathaniel Slason (Revolutionary War Veteran), grandson of Deliverance Slason, born in 1790 in Stamford, Connecticut and died 1882 in West Rutland, Vermont. The Slason family were among the movers and shakers of Rutland. Francis was a leading merchant and director of the Rutland National Bank for almost 60 years. He also had his hand in the marble quarries of West Rutland. His son Charles Harmon Slason (1827-1882) was a partner in the Sheldon and Slason firm in the marble business. Francis Slason is positively identified by the paper slip nailed through the velvet cover. The daguerreotype image of him is pristine and untampered, retaining its original seals. I suspect the dust particles to be on the cover glass and not the plate. A truly crystal clear daguerreotype in its original, unsealed state. The daguerreotype image of the painting of a middle aged lady could perhaps be Francis' mother Hannah Whitney Smith Slason. It looks to be a stunning primitive portrait painting created in the earlier part of the 19th century. There is a slight filmy nature to the plate though it doesn't take away from the image itself. This daguerreotype was resealed using archival tape and the original dark brown almost burnt looking seals are in the case behind the image. The cases are full but not intact. Please feel free to ask any questions. Free shipping.Reasonableoffers are considered. This is a very rare and stunning lot of Rutland, Vermont history.