|Tintype (Multiplying Camera), 1870s|
Uncut whole-plate tintypes from a multiplying camera, or uncut fragments of them, are rare.
To make multiples, a multiple-lens camera, or Multiplying Camera, would have been used -- in this case one with the capability to produce 20 small images at the same time on a standard sensitized collodion 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch whole plate of thin blackened metal. After developing, each of the 20 images was cut from the large plate to be mounted and finished individually. These four tintypes were extras left behind and so were not cut apart. Such overages, being of no commercial value, usually wound up in the trash bin. This overage some how survived, bad cuts be damned.