This antique tintype is of two young boys, probably brothers, from the Victorian era. They are fair with light colored eyes, and both pose very still, giving them a serious look, but also producing a crisp clean likeness. There is just a touch of hand tinting to give their cheeks color and suggest liveliness.
A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty and fine art form in the 21st.
CONDITION: Good - some scratching, scuffing on surface.
SIZE: Approx. 4 inches by 2 1/2 inches
1-3 business days
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