Buffs for daguerreotype plates (2)

Buffs for daguerreotype plates (2)
Title
Buffs for daguerreotype plates (2)
Date 
1840-1860
Medium 
Wood, cotton, buckskin
Dimensions 
largest: 2 3/4 x 25 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. ( 7 x 64.5 x 9.2 cm )
Description 
Two long, rectangular paddles, each with inner surface covered with cotton padding and buckskin, cylindrical handle made separately and attached with screws, and traces of jeweller's rouge on surface of buckskin.
Credit Line 
Purchase, Abbott Fund
Object Number 
1954.231a-b
Gallery Label 
Buffers such as these were used to polish daguerreotype plates with jeweller's rouge prior to sensitizing them.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group