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John Stoneacre Ellis

Date:
dated 1859
Culture:
American
Medium:
Ambrotype in velvet-lined pressed leather case
Dimensions:
ambrotype visible within an oval 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. (6.7 x 5.4 cm); case 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (9.5 x 8.3 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur LaMotte, 1928
Accession Number:
28.65
Not on view
The first examples of European arms and armor entered the Metropolitan Museum in 1896 with the gift of the small collection of John Stoneacre Ellis (1828–1896), probably acquired during his travels in Europe in 1875–76. Of very mixed quality, it was among the earliest collections of arms and armor in America. Ellis was an army officer in California, fought in the Civil War, and later settled in Westchester County, New York.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on velvet facing image: "1859"
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