RARE Half Plate Daguerreotype by African American Photographer J.P. Ball Cincinnati Ohio
RARE Half Plate Daguerreotype by African American Photographer J.P. Ball Cincinnati Ohio
RARE Half Plate Daguerreotype by African American Photographer J.P. Ball Cincinnati Ohio
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RARE Half Plate Daguerreotype by African American Photographer J.P. Ball Cincinnati Ohio

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Half-plate daguerreotype of a family group, circa 1851. Pad is marked, "J.P. Ball, Artist, Cincinnati". James Presley Ball was a pioneering African American photographer who was born in Virginia and learned the daguerrean trade from another African-American in Boston, John Bailey. He moved to Cincinnati in 1845, having a very successful career there until the 1870s. Daguerreotype comes in its full, original leather case and its original seals intact! The underside of the glass is a little dirty, but having its original seals, there is NO damage. Half-plate full case, sealed daguerreotypes by Ball are extremely rare. Condition notes: As stated, the dag is undamaged. The case has minor wear, and the covers are separated along the spine. Case is 6" x 4.75" closed. Discounted shipping: Boxed & insured EXPRESS MAIL. Overnight to most ZIPs.