Olive Oatman, Lorenzo Oatman, Family Daguerreotypes and Tintypes (6)
Six photos total.
Daguerreotype of Olive Oatman V. V. Root and another sitter, identified with paper label, and listed on that label as being taken in Covina, California the year after her rescue. Circa 1855. Dress appropriate for this dating. Oatman with copious makeup to conceal tattoos. Style of frame similar to two framed images of Olive Oatman and Lorenzo Oatman in the Beinecke Li
Daguerreotype of Olive Oatman, holding two youths in her arms, lacking makeup, or with makeup that blurs the lines of her chin,tattoo. The babies appear to be about a year different in age. Possibly a photo of Olive Oatman with two of Lorenzo Emilia Oatmans sons, both of whom died before the age of five. Approximate date, circa 1872-3.
Tintype, circa 1874-1876, showing the same boys in previous image, wearing identical outfits.
Tintype, Olive Oatman as an elderly woman, circa 1890.
Tintype, Lorenzo Oatman, standing in fancy dress in an interior, elbow on a Jacquard-woven coverlet. Circa 1845.
Daguerreotype, Lorenzo Oatman, one eye nearly shut, much later in life, circa 1885.
An astonishing group of photographs, and a rare opportunity to acquire at once several valuable images that tell part of 19th Century Americas unique history.
Olive Oatman (1837-1903). Taken captive by Native Americans in 1851 sold to the Mohave in trade. Given blue vertical tattoos by the Mohave under her chin and on her arms, such as to make her time among the tribe evident to all and permanent. Returned to civilization in 1856. Her
other Lorenzo Dow Oatman, (c. 1835 - 1901), had been thought dead in the attack that killed all the family except Olive and her sister, Mary Ann. Mary Ann Oatman died of starvation circa 1855.
Lorenzo Oatman sought his sisters for years. Olive apparently was not anxious to leave the Mohave, where there is some thought she settled with a prominent tribe member and had two sons by, although that is not substantiated.
When the Mohave traded away Olive Oatman, she was unaware that Lorenzo was alive. Olive and Lorenzo both published accounts of their lives in this turbulent period, and Olive Oatman went around the US, speaking publicly about her time in captivity. Olive Oatmans tome was initially titled Life Among the Indians, but this was changed to Captivity of the Oatman Girls, most certainly to capitalize on the melodramatic episodes of her time with the Mohave. On the publicity trail, Olive Oatman revealed her tattoos, but in her private life, she ventured out only with elaborate makeup and long sleeves.
Olive eventually married John Fairchild, in Rochester, New York, in 1865. They removed to Sherman, Texas in 1872 and adopted a baby they named Mary Elizabeth. Despite the outward appearance of successful re-entry to society, Olive Oatman became reclusive had myriad headaches, and suffered from what we would now call post-traumatic stress disorder.
Lorenzo married Edna Amelia Canfield in Illinois in 1860 and never returned to the West. The US 1870 Census lists Lorenzo and Edna as living in Minnesota with their four year old son Denver Oatman,. Denver died at age six (1866-1872). Three other boys, all younger, were also born to the family. Of these children, only one boy lived.
(Many of the cases are split, thus the lot count is 10).
Approximate dimensions with frames: Olive with two others 4 3/4 high x 3 3/4 inches wide, Olive with two youths 4 3/4 high x 3 3/4 inches wide, youths with matching outfits 3 3/4 high x 3 1/4 inches wide, elderly Olive 3 3/4 high x 3 3/8 inches wide, Lorenzo as a child 3 1/2 high x 3 7/8 inches high, older Lorenzo 3 3/4 high x 3 1/4 inches wide..
Condition: Wear to frames including three with separated bindings. Corrosion to the photo of Olive with two people. Young Lorenzo is missing a frame.
Estimate: $2000 - $3000