William and Esther Bedient

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Collection William Bedient
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Description 6th plate daguerreotype, possibly of William and Esther Bedient, with stipled brass mat and scroll opening, ribbed brass preserver, glass, and thermo-plastic "Union" case with hunter and deer on front; cluster of grapes on back; two brass hinges and internal latch, and embossed green velvet lining on lid.

MARKS: Littlefield, Parson and Co.,/Maufacturers of/Daguerreotype cases./L., P. & Co., ar the sole/Proprietors and only legal manu-/facturers of UNION CASES, with the/Embracing Rivetted hinge./Patented October 14, 1856,/and April 21, 1857

MADE NOTE:Case manufacturer
Year Range from 1857
Year range to 1859
Medium Brass/Copper/Glass/Silver/Photographic Emulsion/Thermoplastic
Notes Three-quarter horizontal seated view of a couple who are prossibly William & Esther Bedient. William is wearing a dark tail coat; dark brocade vest; white shirt; and dark cravat. Esther is wearing a dark dress with pointed bodice; drop shoulders with three lines of shirring; and white lace cuffs and collar. She wears her hair parted in center and over her ears; and tied in back. She holds a small book in her left hand. The image and brass mat are earlier than the case and probably date to circa 1850.
William Bedient was born December 6, 1818 in New York. His wife Esther was born March 7, 1816 in New York. They were married in New York in 1844. They moved to Wisconsin in 1844. William worked for others until he purchased a farm of 35 acres on section 35 in the Town of Algoma in 1848. Their children were Horace L., born April 14, 1842 in New York; George W. born July 5, 1843 in New York; Mary born circa 1845 in New York; Herman born 1851 in Wisconsin; and Hattie (Mrs. B. F. Pierce) born circa 1856 in Wisconsin.
Object ID P2002.20.1
Object Name daguerreotype
People Bedient, William
Bedient, Esther Lockwood
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 3 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Subjects Group Photographs
Title William and Esther Bedient
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