JENNENS, Joseph (b.1841) Military Accoutrement Manufacturer. A 1/9th plate daguerreotype of a boy, mounted in a full plain leather case, containing a pinned in paper label inscribed "My portrait when a boy. Joseph Jennens". The daguerreotype plate, gilded mounts and case are in very fine condition.
Joseph Jennens was born in 1841 into a successful family who had set up business as button and military ornament makers in London at the beginning of the 19th century. They entered a mark at the London Assay Office as Jennens & Co., 134, Regent Street, London in 1840, and by 1844 were holders of a Royal Warrant. Production of their wares as military accoutrement makers became based in Birmingham. Joseph Jennens details are found in the 1911 census – his handwriting is identical to the label attached to the daguerreotype – living at 3 St John's Gardens, Ladbroke Grove, Kensington with his wife Margaret (born in Birmingham), a cousin and household servants.