Ca. 1880s. Oblong Folio (ca. 28x38 cm). 23 stock album leaves. With fifty mounted albumen photos, the majority are from ca. 21x27,5 cm (8 ¼ x 11 in) to ca. 14x20 cm (5 ½ x 7 ¾ in), one smaller photo is ca. 9x17 cm (3 ½ x 6 ½ in); also with one one gelatin silver photo ca. 22x29 cm (8 ¾ x 11 ½ in). One photo signed “Nolman” in negative, about half of the photos with period pencil captions on the mounts. Period black half sheep with green cloth boards, spine with gilt tooled borders. Several images slightly faded, mounts slightly soiled and waved, but overall a very good album.
Historically significant collection of large early photos of the Royal Artillery quarters and personnel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. By 1871 almost all British troops had been withdrawn from Canada, to support the self-administration in the recently established Dominion. Only the Halifax and Esquimalt garrisons continued to operate under British control, finally being transferred to Canada in 1905.
The album has some interesting photos of the Royal Artillery Park – the headquarters of the RA personnel stationed in Halifax since 1799, which is now a part of the Canadian Forces Base, Halifax. The photos include three views of the Officers’ Mess (built in 1814-16), showing the front porch with an officer posing on the staircase, the interior of a dining room and the “ante room” with the bookshelves. The other views show the military residential quarters in the RA Park, and the interior of the nearby Garrison Military Chapel with the elaborate flower decorations (the corner of Brunswick & Cogswell Streets, destroyed by fire in 1928). The album also houses eight group portraits of the Royal Artillery officers, with three portraits thoroughly marked with the last names; three photos are titled as “5/1 Northern Division, R.A.,” “Experimental Detachment, S[chool of]. G[unnery]. R.A.,” and “Officers, School of Gunnery.” Six large photos depict coastal defense installments and artillery guns, two of them show the guns closely and are captioned “9.2 in B.L. Gun – “Jubilee Rounds” 1888” and “16.25 in B.L. gun of 111 tons.” The album also has a photo of the “Commandant’s House” (possibly in the RA Park), six group portraits of the RA officers (dressed in civil suits), their wives and families in general, a group portrait from a society event, with the people dressed in the 18th-century costumes, etc. The other photos show the military prison and Victoria Park in Halifax; there are also several views taken during leisure trips around Nova Scotia: “River Hibbert settlement” (River Hebert), “Atkinson’s Brook, Cumberland County,” Little Shelburne River, Digby (Fairy Lake, George’s Lake) and others. Overall an interesting early album giving an insight into the life of Artillery Park military personnel in Halifax in the 1880s.
Price: $3,250.00 USD