Catalog Information Update The size of the Orotone Glass Photograph is 2 5/8" W x 3 1/8" H. A 2 1/8" Oval Diameter Frame fits over the top of the glass photograph. The entire piece fits in a Gutta Percha case.
EXTREMELY RARE Vintage! One of the Hobbies’ greatest Photographs An Orotone offering is a Memory Lane Inc 1st! Significant vintage - you just don’t see these around - especially with a baseball player as the subject!
(LOT 961) The Circa 1891, Bob Mathews, Philadelphia Athletics, Orotone (Gold Tone) Photograph w/ Gutta Percha case. Photograph Condition is MINT. An Orotone photograph is one of the early photographic techniques from the late 19th century. Bob Mathews, the photograph subject, made his baseball debut in 1891, hence the probable date. A Surreal Photo Image! The Mathews image is so vivid that he appears to jump out at you! An Orotone photograph is three dimensional in quality. A gold pigment is used in the process to make the Orotone photograph. The results of the Orotone process creates great depth in the photo image which appears exquisite even by today’s standards. Bob Mathews, who played one game for American Association Philadelphia Athletics (you can see the partial athletics on his uniform jersey) on September 25, 1891, and had one hit in three at bats, scored a run and struck out once. Photographs such as these are nearly impossible to find, and fetch large amounts. A recently sold 1904 Orotone photograph of Navajo riders in the Canon de Chelly in Arizona sold at Christie’s for $23,000. A Rare offering for the most sophisticated of Baseball Memorabilia collections. Note: See how the image appears to stand out from the background in almost relief (3D) on the glass, and the back of the photograph with its unqiue gold pattern. The Orotone process: This photograph was created with a glass plate and a silver gelatin emulsion, used to generate a negative. Following exposure and development , a contact print is made from the negative; then the rear surface of the glass plate of the print is painted with gold pigment, to yield a golden-toned positive image. This was a very expensive process because of the use of gold.