I have a great interest in presentation and how it influences the viewer’s experience of an object, so I paid attention to how tintypes were often presented in the nineteenth century.
With the spread of tintype photography, jewelry-case makers began producing cases to hold tintypes. I collect antique cases and make silicone molds of some of them, then cast reproductions in resin.
The tintype cases shown here are handmade by me, including the brass hardware, satin felt cushion and pinch pad. The brass-tone resin matte is made from a mold in the same way the case is.