JEFFERSON DAVIS' CAPTURE CARTE DE VISITE PHOTOS, LOT OF TWO, each depicting the former President of the Confederate States in women's clothes, armed with a knife or "Arkansas toothpick"; the first with gold painted double band to border, captioned "Jeff's Soliloquy / to be, or Not to be (hanged) / that is the question"; the second captioned and labeled under the photo "THE ARCH CONSPIRATOR / JEFFERSON DAVIS, / As he appeared when captured by the Michigan Cavalry. / Copyright secured. Published 326 Chestnut St., Philadelphia." and marked to the obverse "SOLD BY A ONE ARMED SOLDIER. / Price 25 Cents." Second half 19th century. Each 4" x 2 3/8". Provenance: From the collection of Cameron C. Nickels, author of "Civil War Humor."
The first in very good condition overall, the photo slightly offset as made, with minimal edge and corner wear, and very slight discoloration, with some minor ink marks to the back; the second slightly faded, with minor edge wear, some minor creasing and staining to corners, and "Uncle Jeff" written in pencil along top edge of photo.