My love of presentation and how physical images when viewed give the viewer a unique experience to the image and object led me to study how 19th Century images were presented.
Jewelry case makers quickly identified a new market and began producing tintype cases to hold images. These cases have a story and maker all to themselves. The most valuable and catalogued of cases are Union Cases. These cases have been documented to the maker and its origin and thus have a greater value to collectors.
I collect antique cases, cast them using silicon and make reproductions from resin to present portraits in.
Here are a few examples. Everything you see here is hand made by me, including the the brass hardware, satin felt cushion and pinch pad. The brass matte is made from resin in the same way the case is.