LOOKING BEYOND THE DAMAGE. When the children were taken circa 1847, their retaped quarter plate portrait must have really pleased the parents. The girl was calm and quite lovely. Her concentration was unwavering. She was able to corral her younger brother who was seated on a stool by placing her hand on his shoulder. The older lad her hand and rested his on her arm. Spectacular sharpness plus holographic depth and magnificent contrast made the siblings into an awesome reproduction. Their maker even used a larger mat size creating the ubiquitous “more bang for the buck” presentation. Those white dots were daguerreian frosting. The vertical scratches were done more recently I think. Beautiful patina remains around the threesome. The front of the intact case has a horizontal lyre motif while the reverse was adorned with a variant of the Delicate Roses motif.