Someone near and dear to me has a birthday this month. Two of his passions are sailing and photography, so I figured this post featuring a daguerreotype case with embossed sailboats would be a perfect commemoration.
The case has the initials E. White embossed in the sails. Edward White was a daguerreotype photographer and one of the major United States case and plate manufacturers in the years between 1841 and 1850. He was also known as one of the major daguerreotype equipment dealers. His portrait studio, known as the United States Daguerreian Gallery, was located at 175 Broadway in New York City. Inside this case, is a 1/6th daguerreotype plate of a man holding an open book. And, since my 'near and dear' also happens to be an avid reader, this post is even more apropos.