S. Peck (New Haven), nd (1850s?). Hardcover. Very Good. Item #99-8826
3.75 x 3.25", brown thermoplastic, center oval with flower pattern, edges have scrolls and leaves, metal hinges, interior with velvet pad and glass covered section with gilt stamped gold colored trim on top and below the glass. Light wear, small chip on side of front, velvet pad is sunned and worn, glass is intact, trim is bright and sharp else very good condition. Photographer Samuel Peck of New Haven was an early pioneer of the thermoplastic case which was made up of two different materials: shellac and wood fiber. He named his product the "Union Case" but didn't patent the name so other companies used this title. An attractive case, opens easily but doesn't lock tightly. The octagonal shape is less common.