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506.01 Objects incorporating photographs > An introduction to photo-jewelry
During the nineteenth century photo-jewelry was made using a variety of photographic types. Daguerreotypes and tintypes, also known as melainotypes, which used metal were ideal because of their durability and could be easily cut to size but other forms were used including glass-based ambrotypes. By floating the collodion image from a glass plate onto a ceramic one and then sealing it with glazes and a heat treatment durable photographs were created. Salt prints, albumen prints, gelatin silver prints and or paper based photographs could be used but they were not as long-lasting.
506.02 Objects incorporating photographs > Photo-jewelry: Bracelets
506.03 Objects incorporating photographs > Photo-jewelry: Brooches
506.04 Objects incorporating photographs > Photo-jewelry: Lockets
506.05 Objects incorporating photographs > Photo-jewelry: Pendants
506.06 Objects incorporating photographs > Photo-jewelry: Rings
506.07 Objects incorporating photographs > Photo-jewelry: Stick pins
506.08 Objects incorporating photographs > Photo-jewelry: Political
In 1861 Charles Dickens published an article Election-Time in America in All Year Round: A Weekly Journal in which he described the types of promotional material, including photo-jewelry, that was common during elections.
Everywhere advertisements meet your eye of this inflammatory kind:
Roll On Roll Up !
Sixteen varieties of Campaign Medals, solid rim, with milled edge and giltshell rim medals containing beautiful melainotype likenesses of
Lincoln and Hamlin,
Bell and Everett,
Douglas and Johnson,
Breckinridge and Lane.
Mark Barnewitz and Jonathan Pumpner, 38 and 40, West Fourth-Street, New York.
Now, when I go to the store of Barnewitz, and buy these election badges, which are about the size of a five-dollar gold piece, I find they bear on one side the likeness of the nominee for President, on the other the Vice-Président, and are to be worn at the button-hole. I have seen thousands wearing them; and since I have been in America, and indeed a week ago on the Alabama river, I met a well-known duellist with a little silver bell on his watchchain : signifying thereby his changeless attachment to Mr. Bell, one of the candidates for the presidentship. These election medals follow me everywhere barefooted boys bring cigar-boxes full of them for sale, into the luxurious marble-paved smoking-rooms of the great hotels; lean dried-up men hawk them through the long avenues of the railway-cars, and awake me to recommend their medals and their "plum candy;" the shops have trays of them in their windows; you can almost tell in different cities how the voting is likely to go, by the majority of medals you meet, being either "Lincoln" or "Douglas."
Photographic buttons and medallions
506.09 Objects incorporating photographs > Photographic buttons and medallions
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- Λ Larry J. West & Patricia A. Abbott, 2005, Antique Photographic Jewelry: Tokens of Affection and Regard, (Larry J. West- Privately printed)
- Λ Charles Dickens, 13 April 1861, "Election-Time in America", All Year Round: A Weekly Journal, vol. 5, pp. 67-68
Meinwald, Dan, 1990, ‘Memento Mori: Death in Nineteenth Century Photography‘, CMP Bulletin, California Museum of Photography, vol. 9, no. 4 [Δ]
West, Larry J. & Abbott, Patricia A., 2005, Antique Photographic Jewelry: Tokens of Affection and Regard, (Larry J. West- Privately printed) isbn-10: 0977710777 [Δ]
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