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Tiny gem album with fabulous secrets to explore!


10 gem-filled pages

I really need to stay off of eBay, haha. I found this fabulous little gem album a while back and I really could not control myself. Once you see inside of it, you will understand why. The album holds gem tintypes, those tiny representations that were popular during the second half of the 19th century. Since I previously gave you a history lesson on the gem tintype, I won’t go into that today (just click the link there).

Gem Hats W

Do you like my hat?

Here’s the reason I call this little book the Haberdasher’s book. Nearly every photo is of a man and many of them have terrific hats! This is the first page seen when you open the book. It was previously repaired by someone skilled. You can see just a bit of the webbing in the upper center binding. Each page has 4 gem tintypes. There are 38 images in all.

Gem Hats TL Gem Hats TR Gem Hats BL Gem Hats BR

Do you not just LOVE this?! Take a close look at the first image…not only does he have a snazzy bowler, but he has pince nez spectacles! We have bowlers, mustaches, bowties, spectacles and tons of character, all on one little page. I think I’m going to hyperventilate! :-) Some of the faces are repeated and two images have been removed, but for what it’s worth, this is a truly spectacular find and I can’t wait to share it with you.

6 thoughts on “Hurray for Haberdashery!

  1. Auntie Kat says:

    The are so dashing, dapper, and debonaire! There are a lot of “d” words to describe men. All very strong words too. I can hardly wait to see more of these wonderful gentlemen.


  2. Katrina says:

    Early advertisements possibly ?


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Yes I am wondering if it was a sample book!


  3. IntenseGuy says:

    I hope there is a name or two in there too! :)


  4. I was thinking samples of hats to be sold:) What a wonderful little album. I bought a batch of tintypes on ebay too hope I wasn’t bidding against you:)


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