A TREASURE. This is a lovely whole plate ambrotype in a fine leather case with a broken hinge. All of the white specks are dust under the glass. The mother and children are a remarkable portrait and they really sparkle in hand. While mom?s daughters were wary of their situation, the little boy was actually happy to have been included. The woman?s sumptuous dress and brooch are very impressive. I suspect they were taken circa 1860.