Louisiana Confederate Officer 1/2 Plate Ambrotype. The subject's dark good looks strongly suggest that he is an early war Creole Confederate. Additionally, his sword has a distinctive guard associated with those made by Thomas-Griswold & Co. of New Orleans before the city's fall in 1862. These two factors would indicate a Louisiana provenance. The fabric of the officer's uniform is also of the typical dark cloth associated with Louisiana. His kepi, having three horizontal stripes of gold braid, follows the regulations for a Confederate captain, however his tunic is a departure from the norm. It has three horizontal rows of braid on the sleeve as opposed to the braided knots called for in the 1861 C.S. Army manual. The captain's sleeve rank designation here is also out of sync with the two rows of braid on the coat's collar. Regardless, this gentleman presents a formidable martial appearance and he is undoubtedly a Southern officer. As was the custom, the photographer applied gold paint to the uniform's buttons, sword hilt, watch chain and uniform braid. Flesh tones are also lightly tinted. The image shows moderate haloing, has some tiny emulsion cracks and three fingerprints in the right hand field. The case is in remarkably good condition with wear to the high points as expected. A rare Confederate officer's image that would stand out in any collection. Ex. William Turner, author of Even More Confederate Faces.
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