Dennis & Casey I can't thank you enough for your amazing work to preserve our historical treasures! You both go above and beyond the call of duty... Little Frances "Fannie" Ann Forrest, daughter of Lieut General Nathan Bedford Forrest, will be truly cherished for many years to come! Thanks to you both she now rides again with her father... "The Wizard of the Saddle!"Matt Hagans - Museum Investments
Mr. Waters produced an amazing transformation in the restoration of the following: 1 daguerreotypes, 3 ambrotypes and 2 tintypes. These are family members and trust was an issue in this very personal task. However, this was eliminated as we communicated through the process. The deterioration of the cover glass and frame on each were in disrepair. They were reassembled in a professional manner to prevent further corrosion by Casey Waters. I am immensely pleased with the results of his recommendations.Marion P. Howard
Today I received back the Odd Fellows image I sent you for restoration. Words fail me when I try to express how delighted I am with the wonder you have wrought. It's absolutely miraculous! Based on our phone conversation, I expected that you would lose the red tinting, but lo and behold, it survived. I am thoroughly entranced with this result, and will hasten to remit the additional $8 I owe you for this superb accomplishment.Mike Musick
My recent discovery of spectacular half plate of young man armed with multiple weapons prompted consideration of professional conservation. But never having purchased this service, I was hesitant to ship the image out of state. Casey and Dennis carefully walked me through the process while keeping me advised of progress - and sharing their own excitement over the image - via several phone calls. The dag was back in Minnesota within a week and revealed in all its glory with new glass and archival reseal, and I have met two kindred spirits in the appreciation of early photography!Stephen Osman
This is a cinderella story --- in stereo. As you can see in the before and after pictures, Casey Waters, working in conjunction with an artist, restored an important French nude stereo daguerreotype that I own. While I knew for some time that dirt and fogging under the old glass suggested the advisability of new glass, the situation became dire when, as a result of a transportation mishap, the original cover glass was cracked. With expert hands and shrewd judgment, Mr. Waters diagnosed the issues involved, discussed the options with me, disassembled the image, ordered new glass, and arranged for an artist to precisely recreate the black underglass painting (a common and exacting feature of many french dags). Casey had the deft hand and the careful eye to bring all the historically correct elements back together again. I couldn't be happier. My pocketbook is happy because the cost was so reasonable, and the history of photography is well served by this professional restoration and preservation.John Kadel Boring - El Granada, California
Before and after scans of your images (in jpeg format) are available at the cost of $15 per pair. Please let us know with the shipment of your daguerreotype(s).
(Larger than 6 1/2" x 8 1/2")
(Approx. 6 1/2" x 8 1/2")
(Approx. 4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
(Approx. 3 1/4" x 4 1/4")
(Approx. 2 3/4" x 3 1/4")
(Approx. 2" x 2 1/2")
(Approx. 1 3/8" x 1 5/8")
|Approximate Return Shipping with a Certified Receipt||Cost|
|One or Two daguerreotypes||$10.25|
|Three to Five daguerreotypes||$17|
|Six to Ten daguerreotypes||$22.20|
|Pad Re-glue||$5 Ea.|
|Entire Case w/ Spine||Contact for Quote|
|Entire Case||Contact for Quote|
|Covers||$5 - $20|
|Whole & Special Cuts||$175|
|Approximate Return Shipping||Cost|
|One or Two leather cases||$8|
|Three to Five leather cases||$12|
|Six to Ten leather cases||$16|
We prefer to ship via USPS Priority Mail with a tracking slip.
Please carefully pack your daguerreotypes with sufficient bubble wrap or other shock absorbing materials before placing them in a box. The postal service provides Priority Mail boxes at no cost. Tracking slips are extra, but well worth the minimal investment.
Include your payment, return shipping address, email address and phone number with your daguerreotypes.
Casey A. Waters
P.O. Box 1073
If you prefer using FedEx the physical address is:
15 Oak St. Exeter, NH 03833
Since we have recently had an incident with the USPS I have decided that from now on, Erin, Casey and I will send every image through the mail requiring a certified mail receipt that requires your signature. The additional charge will be $3.45, plus the cost of the Priority Mail. We will waive the signature requirement if you make a purchase from us and tell us in an email that you would like the parcel sent Priority Mail with the normal delivery confirmation slip. I know how bothersome this is, but we want to provide the best images and service possible, within the limitations of the carriers we work with. As for insurance on packages, don't believe for a moment that carriers who allow you to purchase it, will completely back up any claim.
Our insurance covers your dags upon our reception, during restoration and return shipping. Our insurance DOES NOT presently cover a potential mishap while physical work is actually being done on your daguerreotypes. We are attempting to find a policy that will cover workmanship. You are responsible to insure your dags when you send them to us. We require a description and estimated value of each item before you ship them.
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