This is a very clear 1/6 plate daguerreotype, showing a woman, and dating from the 1850's. Dags, as we sometimes call them, were the first commercial photographs. They were invented in France by Louis Daguerre in 1839. The process involved stabalizing an image on glass with a silver mercury emulsion. The daguerreotype here is of a woman with the typical white bonnet from that mid 19th Century time period, and a dark colored dress with sash. She has the somber expression always seen in these photos.
The dag is cased in a leather/composition case from this era, and the photograph has its original seals. The case is dark brown in color, with an embossed design, gold trim and a double latch. There is a red velvet embossed pad on the inner cover. It measures just shy of
3 3/4" by 3 1/4". It is in good antique condition with an intact leather hinge which is probable a replacement.
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