Trimmed Full Plate Tintype of Sgt. James G. York, 7th New Hampshire Volunteers

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Trimmed Full Plate Tintype of Sgt. James G. York, 7th New Hampshire Volunteers

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Item No. 6714691

This is an interesting Civil War tintype. The image is a portrait of Sergeant James G. York, who was a part of the 3-month 1st New Hampshire Volunteers in 1861, and reenlisted in the 7th New Hampshire Volunteers. York sits wearing his four-button sack coat and his cartridge box sling over his shoulder, the round eagle plate displayed prominently. A native of Dover, New Hampshire, York is listed as having been wounded at Drewry's Bluff in May 1864. He was mustered out in December of that year at the expiration of his enlistment. The tintype was originally in a remnant of an album page, with an inscription identifying the man as York. The album page itself could not be preserved.

The visible "halo" of another frame around York's head, as well as visible clipped corners in the image, suggest this is a period copy of an original from-life tintype. Before the days of photocopiers and scanners, copies were often made simply by taking a new photograph of a tintype image. A light rouge was applied to York's cheeks, and there also appears to be some tint in his blue coat. The tintype is a whole plate that was trimmed down to 5" x 6 7/8", the rough dimensions of the outline of the original tintype. The reverse side of the plate shows old tape lines, which was how the image was affixed in the album page.

Also included with the listing are photocopies of York's pension files from the National Archives.

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