This is one of the ever-popular albums acquired by German sailors and colonial soldiers while they traveled in Japan and China during Germany’s colonial occupation of China. The album features a combination of beautifully-lacquered woods on the front and back covers. The front cover shows a handsome combination of hand-painted oriental scenes, including a village, mountains, flowers and a rickshaw with driver and passenger. (In fact, their faces are small bits of ivory fashioned into heads, then painted). The back cover is not as intricate and only displays a flower design. The two covers are mounted to a leather spine that makes it look book-like. The album measures 6 3/8″ x 5 1/4″ x 1 7/8.”
Inside the album we see eighteen double-sided pages, which could hold thirty-six conventionally sized CdV’s. These pages are really amazing. Each is covered in silk, on which scenes of nature and the countryside are painted. Several different designs are used, so you are not seeing the same scene over and over. Ten CdV’s are already mounted in the album. One features a soldier, while the others show 19th Century females. One can easily remove them and add CdV’s that are of more interest. Check our CdV section on our “Original Photograph” Page and we will offer you a dandy discount on any that you would like to include!