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Lot 571

Group of 3 Civil War Related CDVs, incl. TN William Milburn, & Union Officer Ambrotype

Estimate: $600 - $700
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Group of 3 Civil War Related CDVs, incl. TN William Milburn, & Union officer ambrotype, 4 items.1st-3rd items: Three (3) Civil War era carte de visite (CDV) including: one (1) depicting William Elbert Milburn (1844-1925), Chaplain 8th Tennessee Cavalry, United States Army, taken at Smiley's Photograph Gallery, in Knoxville, TN; one (1) depicting a young, dark-haired woman standing in period clothing in an interior setting, taken at Y. Day, Photographer in Memphis, TN; and one (1) depicting a Union soldier attired in his uniform and standing with one hand resting on a chair, taken at Shorey's Gallery in Baltimore, MD. All measure 4" H x 2 3/8" W and are housed in protective plastic sleeves. 4th item: Cased Civil War quarter-plate ambrotype depicting a seated Union officer attired in his military uniform complete with a hand-colored bright red sash and holding his sword in his right hand while he rests his left arm on a draped table, with gilt highlights to buttons, sword and wedding ring. Inscription en verso of plate reads P. P. Ellis, likely the sitter. Housed in a carved gutta percha Littlefield, Parsons & Co. case with two interior gilt frames. Case measures 4 7/8" H x 4" W. Note: William E. Milburn was a notable East Tennessee Unionist, abolitionist, women's suffragist and, during the 1880s and 1890s, a TN State Representative from Greene County. He wrote a defense of women's suffrage that was published statewide. His daughter was Lula Belle Milburn Divine (1881-1955), a prominent Johnson City suffragist and founding member of the Johnson City Equal Suffrage League. In 1922 she became postmaster of Johnson City, the first woman to hold that post in the city and one of the first anywhere in Tennessee. (Source: Johnson City Suffragists, Johnson City Public Art)


1st-3rd items: All with toning and spotting, the female CDV with prominent spotting. 4th item: Ambrotype in overall very good condition. some minor oxidation to one gilt frame. Case with slight wear and losses to perimeter, primarily to the corners. Case retains the original paper label which has some moisture damage.

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Bank: Pinnacle Bank
150 Third Avenue South, Suite 900
Nashville, TN 37201
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A Knoxville, Tennessee collection.