On November 9, 1863, President Lincoln visited Mathew Brady’s Washington, DC studio, where his assistant, Alexander Gardner, made this 1/4 plate (3.25″ x 4.25″) tintype portrait. Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address just over a week later.
By 1863 tintypes had become the most popular and least expensive portrait option available through the wet plate collodion process. The Lincoln tintype is housed in a hinged leather bound case and is shown under an ornate layer of stamped metal, which was typical of the period. The interior left side of the case is lined with velvet for for protection.