Shew, William (1820-1903), photographer (photographer)
BANC PIC 19xx.495--CASE
1 photograph: ambrotype; sixth plate, visible image 6.7 x 5.4 cm.
Bust portrait, with beard.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material:
Blind stamped on mat (LL): Wm. SHEW / 113 MONTG.Y. ST. / SAN FRANCISCO.
Printed in case well (letterpress on paper backing): GENUINE / UNION CASE, / IMPROVED / Fine Gilt and Burnished Hinge. / S.
PECK & CO., / MANUFACTURERS.
Image Package Note:
Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: oval. Preserver:
Container or Case Note:
Type: case. Motif: geometric - Scroll (Krainik no. 258). Material: brown thermoplastic. Pad: purple velvet with embossed leaf
motif. Notes: S. Peck & Co. Notes: case warped. Image removed and stored separately. Hinges appear to be in the style of Critchlow's
1856 patent, but case bears Peck name.
California pioneer, writer for the Alta California newspaper, and author of numerous books on the state, San Francisco, Yosemite,
and on mining and resources on the Pacific Coast.
Provenance unknown. Possibly received with the Hittell family papers (BANC MSS C-B 405).