The old 1860"s literature goes into great detail about varnishing. So even though they may have been matted and cased they were probably varnished first. I had the pleasure of holding Gardner's plate of Lincoln and a few of Brady's plates when I toured the National Archives in College Park, Md. All were varnished and they looked gorgeous some 150 years later. These were bare plates no matting, or framing.That sold me on lavendar varnish.
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