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    I think thats why a clear laquer is applied over the image to protect it...
    To my knowledge Daguerreotypes were never commonly lacquered. In fact, I have never heard of a Daguerreotype being lacquered. Beginning in the early 1840s Daguerreotypes were gilded.

    Perhaps you are thinking of collodion images?

    In any case, there is a long discussion somewhere on APUG about how to increase the adherence of silver to glass. I never thought to etch the glass and will someday try it. I suspect that the matt surface of the glass would effect the surface of the silver and decrease reflectivity.

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    Depends on how fine the etching is and how thick the silver is applied. I imagine with the right ratio the silver will polish up to a good finish.
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    Hi All,
    Am I to understand that some of you who are participating in this Thread actualy make, or have made, real mercury developed Daguerreotypes? I would love to hear the detailes. I have always been "chicken" to try.
    Bill

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    Bill, I have a couple of bottles of mercury I can give you. For some reason, people are always giving their old chemicals...
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    Thank you all for replies, and I know we are the "if it can be done we have done it" kind of group, but do we have anyone who might take a stab at answering the question directly?

    Would anyone think this was a standard of the process right at first? Do we have any references to using glass plates? I would think that it would be "unusual" to use glass because of the above stated issues.

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    Is this factual? Have Daguerreotypes been done on glass?

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    I can't say for certain (I am a positivist by day) but I do not believe that Daguerreotypes were made on silvered glass in the 19th century. I have never found reference to this in any of the 19th century texts I have read, which are quite a few, nor have I ever heard of a 19th century Daguerreotype on glass.

    Still, since I have done it, I see no reason why a 19th century practitioner could not have done it. Of course, they would have had less need to do so, since manufactured Daguerreotype plates were easy to come by in the 1840s, and relatively cheap.
    Last edited by JG Motamedi; 06-10-2009 at 08:34 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: postivism

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Keyes View Post
    Bill, I have a couple of bottles of mercury I can give you. For some reason, people are always giving their old chemicals...
    No Kirk,
    I already look too old for my 22 years!
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    [QUOTE=Robert Hall "if it can be done we have done it"
    Huhh?
    I have rarely read anything with which I disagree more strongly. I will believe that "The Earth is Flllaaat(!) first! I have done some things that no one has ever done before, nore would a sane human being ever want to.

    Bill

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