A collection of five female tintype photographic images from the mid Victorian era showing fashion, hair dressing and hair combs
CONDITION: good vintage condition with signs of use.
SIZE: varies average 2 1/2 x 3 ins (6 x 7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1860s -1870s
Here are five good quality tintype images showing photographic studio portraits of ladies from the mid to later Victorian era, with particular reference to hair dressing and hair accessories. They have a variety of hair styles and accessories.
These mid Victorian ladies wear Spanish or tiara style combs. The portrait with the three young ladies wearing mantilla style combs in their elaborate hair styles probably dates from the 1870s and is a very nice example. Next on the right is a sitter with a tiara style hair ornament which is made to look like a coronet.
They are part of a personal collection of over a thousand such images which I have amassed in the course of my studies into fashion and hairdressing. However technology has moved on and all my images are now digitally stored. So it is time to pass these delightful pictures onto new owners.
Vintage photographs are a fascinating subject which is of interest to a number of collecting groups. As well as collectors of images and those with an interest in early photography they also appeal to re-enactors, students of fashion, and anyone involved in theatrical costuming.
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. It began losing artistic and commercial ground to higher quality albumen prints on paper in the mid-1860s, yet survived for well over another 40 years, living mostly as a carnival novelty.
Five Victorian tintype image ladies studio portrait hairdressing hair accessory (AAO)
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