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Old 07-22-2008, 02:43 PM
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RoundTin Plate Photo needs repair

I have a photo on tin from 1909-1910. It can be placed on a plate holder. The picture is fine but the finish is worn and coming off. Any ideas of what this type of photo is called? Any ideas on how I can get it refinished? Thanks
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:05 PM
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Re: RoundTin Plate Photo needs repair

Gernan,
Daguerreotype's were printed directly onto metal, usually a thin sheet of copper plated with silver. You can tell a daguerreotype by tilting... at the wrong angle is difficult to see, like a laptop screen. The most common daguerreotype portrait size is about 2-3/4 inches by 3-1/4 inches, called “one-sixth plate”.

Like daguerreotype's, tintypes were also printed onto metal. Tintypes were introduced around the same time as ambrotypes in the mid-1850s. Tintypes were made as late as the 1930s. Tintypes are as tough as the black-lacquer-coated iron (not tin) that they’re printed on, and were often sealed with varnish.

All other photographs of that era were on a paper backing. So, unless it is a reproduction, it is likely one of the two.

If only the lacquer coating is coming off, you may looking at a fairly simple process. I would consult a professional restoration company or museum. There are many on the Web, some with free information for a do-it-yourself person. You can also try the
History, Conservation & Repair Forum here at RetouchPro !
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:39 AM
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Re: RoundTin Plate Photo needs repair

Thank you for the information regarding the type of photo. I live in the Baltimore area. I haven't been able to locate a place to have it relacquered. Do you have any suggestions?
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:57 PM
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Re: RoundTin Plate Photo needs repair

A few you could call and ask for a reference (depending on how much you value the image). I have never used any of them. Other photo shops can also give you recommendations from their customers.

Art Conservation Services
410 Lyman Ave
BALTIMORE, MD 21212
Tel: (410) 433-0038

Art Restoration Center
212 Hillsboro Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Tel: (301) 681-9688

Artworks Conservation Studio Incorporated
401 Sligo Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: (301) 589-8517

Wimsatt & Associates Art Conservation Studio Incorporated
4230 Howard Ave
Kensington, MD 20895
Tel: (301) 493-4250
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:53 AM
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Re: RoundTin Plate Photo needs repair

Thank you so much for your help. It has been invaluable to me.
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