ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mountain man, possibly a Northwoodsman, armed with a Billinghurst percussion revolving rifle, a hatchet and large knife.]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a mountain man, possibly a Northwoodsman, armed with a Billinghurst percussion revolving rifle, a hatchet and large knife.]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of an old duck hunter with his shotgun and catch]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of an old duck hunter with his shotgun and catch]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80’s, [tintype portrait capturing a group of ten rough-and-tumble cowboys, who appear fresh off the range] 
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-80’s, [tintype portrait capturing a group of ten rough-and-tumble cowboys, who appear fresh off the range]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of Confederate William C. Scott wearing fur cap with leather bill and holding Whitney revolver, 6th Texas Cavalry]
via Southern Methodist Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of Confederate William C. Scott wearing fur cap with leather bill and holding Whitney revolver, 6th Texas Cavalry]

via Southern Methodist Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1861-62, [tintype portrait of two soldiers, on the left Private Emzy Taylor  Confederate from Georgetown, Texas]
via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1861-62, [tintype portrait of two soldiers, on the left Private Emzy Taylor  Confederate from Georgetown, Texas]

via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a cowboy with a Starr revolver tucked inside his fringed pants]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [tintype portrait of a cowboy with a Starr revolver tucked inside his fringed pants]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1861-65, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a Union soldier in uniform with shoulder scales with pearl-handled revolver and saber in front of backdrop showing trees and two Great Star flags] 
via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1861-65, [hand-tinted tintype portrait of a Union soldier in uniform with shoulder scales with pearl-handled revolver and saber in front of backdrop showing trees and two Great Star flags]

via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1861-1864, [Tintype portrait of a Confederate Private with ‘49 Colt Pistol and Sword Bayonet]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Photography Collection

ca. 1861-1864, [Tintype portrait of a Confederate Private with ‘49 Colt Pistol and Sword Bayonet]

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Photography Collection

ca. 1861, [ambrotype portrait of Confederate Private Japhet Collins, brandishing a pistol and a knife]
via Southern Methodist Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs

ca. 1861, [ambrotype portrait of Confederate Private Japhet Collins, brandishing a pistol and a knife]

via Southern Methodist Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a hunter, proudly displaying his kill, and his dog]
via Cowan’s Auction

ca. 1860-90’s, [tintype portrait of a hunter, proudly displaying his kill, and his dog]

via Cowan’s Auction

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of a Confederate soldier in an infantry uniform with musket and Bowie knife] 
via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of a Confederate soldier in an infantry uniform with musket and Bowie knife]

via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

ca. 1870-90’s, [elaborately staged platinotype portrait, showing a knife-and-gun fight, possibly for a stage production]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1870-90’s, [elaborately staged platinotype portrait, showing a knife-and-gun fight, possibly for a stage production]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery #34

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a tough looking sailor with a cigar in his mouth and a knife in his belt]
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a tough looking sailor with a cigar in his mouth and a knife in his belt]

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in civilian attire, possessively holding a M1816 conversion musket with Bowie knife protruding from his belt]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman in civilian attire, possessively holding a M1816 conversion musket with Bowie knife protruding from his belt]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a heavily armed western gent], Kramer
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a heavily armed western gent], Kramer

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

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