Fri, Nov 20, 2015 09:30AM EST - Sat, Nov 21, 2015 09:30AM EST
Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of Fireman or Sailor, Possibly from HMS Duke of Wellington
Sixth plate daguerreotype of ca 1850s British sailor wearing a hat marked Wellington. This could represent the HMS Duke of Wellington, an early steam-powered warship launched in 1852. The 131-gun first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy was considered one of the most powerful warships at that time. The young man wears a blue tinted jacket adorned with a red and white lapel, which appears to be a 1st class petty officer or seaman's uniform. He holds a peculiar looking tool, possibly a wrench. Housed in full, pressed-paper case.
It has also been suggested that the subject may be a fireman.
Solar ring around the image. Image clarity is strong. Pressed paper case separated at hinge.