These impressive, whole-plated daguerreotype composite class photographs are generally quite clean. A detailed report for each plate is beyond the scope of this condition report; those wishing condition reports on specific plates are welcome to contact the Photographs Department.
There is uneven reddish tarnish following the contours of the mat on both plates, although this is not distracting. On each plate, there are several tiny spots and accretions that are generally only visible upon close examination. Much of the visual 'noise' one sees is likely due to residue on the underside of the cover glass, and not to flaws on the plate.
Each plate is in a handsome leather case. One case is maroon and features a gilt-stamped floral motif on the cover (Rinhart pl. 153) and red velvet lining with decorative stamped embellishment; this case is scuffed but the spine is intact. The cover of the second case is detached and the joints are splitting along the right edge. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.