Daguerreotypes—the earliest type of photograph—were introduced in 1839, spread around the world, and remained popular in America through the 1850s, often as treasured keepsakes of far-away loved ones. The young man with noble bearing portrayed in this daguerreotype was a sergeant in the 7th New York Militia, sometimes called the “silk stocking regiment” because it included so many members of New York’s social elite. The hand-colored gold buttons and insignia of his jacket add flash alongside his snow-white sashes and gloves. In this keepsake, the upright bearing of the sitter in his finest military fashion is beautifully rendered by the finest quality daguerreotype.

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[Sergeant, 7th New York State Militia]
Daguerreotype with applied color in leather case
Image (At open): 3 1/2 × 2 9/16 in. (8.9 × 6.5 cm) Closed (Case): 4 11/16 × 3 3/4 × 5/8 in. (11.9 × 9.6 × 1.6 cm) Open (Case): 4 11/16 × 7 9/16 × 1/2 in. (11.9 × 19.2 × 1.3 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Randy Allen, Anthony Duenner, Pedro Frommer, Bobby Gerry, Craig Massey, and John Wombwell in honor of Jimmy Batista, Adam Brock, and Ed Hertzog at "One Great Night in November, 2014"

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

[Unidentified dealer]; [George S. Whiteley, Atlanta, c. 1981]; purchased by MFAH, 2014.