Two original daguerreotypes: a quarter-plate daguerreotype of Captain Samuel Marion Wilkes, shown in his South Carolina militia uniform. Wilkes fought for the south in the Civil War, and was killed in action at the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861. While researching I read that Wilkes wore this same uniform when he fought for the Confederacy in the war, and in fact, based on the style of this preserver, which dates to 1861-1866, I believe this daguerreotype dates to April-July, 1861. Before the war Wilkes was a member of the South Carolina state legislature. The second daguerreotype is a circa 1855 sixth-plate of Wilkes' wife Louisa and his son Samuel, Jr... this dag will be included, but please note that the photo album seen in the background is NOT INCLUDED. Captain Wilkes' image is a 1/4 plate in very good condition. I see tarnish spots, but no damage. The underside of the glass, which is very thick, is dirty, but can be cleaned. Looks like the original seals are in place but very fragile. Covers are separated along the spine. Mrs. Wilkes & Jr's dag is also very good.. couple of spots, but no obvious damage. Seals are inside the case but not intact. Covers are separated. Shipping is by insured REGISTERED MAIL.