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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurusu View Post
    And I believe you are right. there's no trace of the loading gate. So we are seeing the left side of the pistol.
    So he's left handed?

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    I think the thoughts are more photo reversal: mirrored image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shooter214 View Post
    So he's left handed?
    Apparently yes.
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    Interesting that an event from 1898? Would be on a tintype?
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    Introduced in 1856 and popular until about 1867. But tintype photo studios were still around into the early 1900s as a novelty.

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    I am a wetplate (tintype) photographer. When I saw this post I also was curious. The 1890s is into the dry plate era, invented in about 1871. The difference is that dryplates are negatives on glass. They are then printed onto paper.

    Wetplates (1851 - 1871) can be on metal (tintype), glass positive (ambrotype), or also can be as glass negatives for printing.

    Question to the OP, is this plate indeed metal? There were wetplate tintype photographers that continued using the process for a long time, into the 1940s even (especially overseas and in poor areas). For a variety of reasons, but the main one is it's cheap to do, and the photograph can be ready in about 15 minutes, while the sitter waits. Often they were done by street photographers at places where people gather, parks and boardwalks, much later than you'd think. Negative processes take longer, because the plate then has to be printed on paper, which has to also be developed, washed, and dried....

    The photo in the beginning of the thread looks a little bit like a tintype, but also has some differences. If you can take it out of the union case (tap it against your palm or gently pry the gilt frame out) you can tell if it's metal, glass, or paper. See if the image emulsion is on top, or if glass, on the bottom of the glass. Here is a tintype I took a few years ago for comparison. Note the waves and developer marks on the edges, which were usually covered by the frame mat. Dryplates or film will have less flaws (and be printed on paper)

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    Spanish-American War Tintype Images

    The image of the soldier with a Colt revolver is indeed a 9th plate tintype with a metal backing. The size is 2.5" X 2". The Library of Congress on-line database has hundreds of tintypes of Spanish-American War soldiers. Here's an example.

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    Tintypes? I have one of a WW1 soldier so they were still used 1918-1919 or so.
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    That image is not flipped like early tintypes.

    I think he is holding a common Colt SAA with 4-3/4" barrel. Officers could carry whatever they wanted. The 1898 Spanish American War, 1898 Cuban Occupation, and 1899 Philippines Insurrection medals that I've seen were all round in shape.
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    There were dozens of State and Local medals issued for the SAW - this is one of those - it's 'not' a Campaign Medal - and he's not an Officer.
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