Portrait of Nathaniel Brown Palmer

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Description

Daguerreotype; seated portrait of man, circa 1848, possibly Nathaniel Brown Palmer, Antartic explorer, [1799-1877]; subject is resting right arm on table; key dangles from vest; at left is globe turned upside down and tilted to display lower South America and South Pole region; subject's face is slightly tinted; daguerreotype is mounted in octagonal brass mat, some tarnish along edges; according to vendor, "SCOVILLS" hallmark is along edge of mat; embossed leather case has relief floral design, "PRETLOVE" in relief at lower left; case lined with red silk and closed by claw clasp. David Pretlove was an engraver and diesinker in New York City, 1840s.