Early Union Photo Case with Beehive

This is a great, mid 19th century, gutta percha/thermoplastic union case measuring approximately 1 7/8 by 2 1/16 inches outside. The case was manufactured by Littlefield, Parsons & Co. and patented, Oct. 14, 1856 & April 21, 1857. 

The Beehive is an emblem of industry, and recommends the practice of that virtue to all created beings, from the highest seraph in heaven to the lowest reptile in the dust.  It teaches us that we came into the world rational and human beings, so should we ever be industrious ones; never sitting down contented while our fellow-creatures around us are in want, if it is in our power to relieve them without inconvenience to ourselves.




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