EVIDENCE OF EXPERTISE. I ask of you loyal readers, how much more technically perfect could an archivally prepared quarter plate daguerreotype have been produced in 1850? Take one intense and stunningly handsome gentleman to the unknown studio of a master daguerreian, permit them to converse for a few minute and Voila a likeness with vast contrast, superlative tonality and endless reflected holographic depth was created. Sculptural illumination coupled with extraordinary focal sharpness permit us to examine and feel the man’s personality! Because the size of the plate was slightly smaller and the seals had been broken for some time, mat abrasions were numerous across the bottom. Hence, when Casey realigned the piece an oval mat line is visible in the thick patina. The elegant leather push button case needs a new spine.