The portrait case is of the floral motif gutta percha that was typical of the period, with a medallion inlaid in both the front and back with the designs of a ten dollar American coin. It has been attributed as Annie Oakley (Phoebe Ann Mosey 1860-1926), the world renowned exhibition shooter of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The woman in the photo is wearing her hair in a style very similar to how Oakley wore heir's and has an almost forlorn look on her face. She is seated and wearing a buttoned up light colored, almost military style, jacket with pleated cuffs, similar to some that Oakley is seen wearing in other photographs. Oakley's career as a travelling exhibition shooter likely began in 1881 when she beat Frank Butler, who was already part of a travelling act, in a shooting competition, and a year later were married. Together, Butler and Annie joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885. Being only five feet tall, and an impeccable shot, it was during her time travelling with this show that she earned the name "Little Sure Shot". She continued performing exhibition shoots and setting records up until just before her death in 1926.
Very fine, the case showing minimal scratches, some very light finish loss on the medallions, and the inner lining complete and showing minimal wear. The glass shows a few scattered light scratches but is otherwise very fine. The picture itself is clear with minimal fading, discoloration, or damage.
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