Lot 437
Cased Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of a Young New York Militia Drummer
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
1850s, the unidentified subject sits upon a drum painted with an eagle and shield motif; his shako is fitted with what appears to be a variant of a New York officer's State Seal hatpin, crossed cannon artillery insignia, and the letter "A"; he holds a straight sword and a spontoon fitted with either a signal flag or swallow-tail guidon. Presented in a period embossed leather case.

Collection of Ruth Edgerton, Chapel Hill, NC

This image originated with the Judson Family of Oswego, New York. It is quite possibly a youthful portrait of John Andrew Judson (b. 1841), who enlisted in the Union Army as a Captain in 1862. His father, John W. Judson, was an 1836 USMA graduate and a New York militia officer during the 1850s.

The case lid is detached; numerous tiny reflective marks in the glass, which is affixed to the plate with period glued paper; the plate with dark blue haloing; this image would benefit from having the glass replaced.

$300 - 600