American Thermoplastic Photograph Case, Bust of Henry Clay on Cover - Antique Associated At West Townsend

American Thermoplastic Photograph Case, Bust of Henry Clay on Cover

Exceedingly Rare

American Thermoplastic Photograph Case, Bust of Henry Clay on Cover

Featuring a bust of Henry Clay within a wreath, reverse with 12 rows of lettering; birth and death dates, political accomplishments. Interior retains label: F. C. Key & Son, Manufacturers of the Excelsior Ambrotype Case, Philadelphia, PA. Makers initials under bust of Clay.

Label: F.C. KEY & SON Are the Original Inventors of the INSERTED HINGE AND CATCH, far superior to all others, being im-bedded in the case when pressed, and warranted not to break out or spring, as do all others that are riveted, or inserted with or without a metal brace.

Item Date: 19th Century

Measurement: 3.5" x 3.75" x .75"

Material: Thermoplastic

Item Condition: Displays well, front and back moldings and corners are perfect; cracks to side cove molding and quarter-inch loss to bottom right cove molding of front cover. Back cover is perfect as is label. Embossed velvet cover liner is missing.

Reference: Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Paul Berg, page 38, fig. 1-62. Also, Union Cases - A Collector's Guide to The Art of America's First Plastics by Clifford and Michelle Krainik and Carl Walvoord, page 84, number 104

Price: $685

SKU 859-42

For More Information, Please Contact David Hillier at 978-597-8084 or email drh@aaawt.com.

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