CAP IN HAND! He was comfortable and casual standing in front of the daguerreian?s camera about 1854 when he visited an unknown operator to have his professionally conserved quarter plate portrait made. With one hand thrust in his pants pocket and the other one holding his hat he cut a rather splendid figure don?t you think? As you know, it was unusual to be placed on a highly reflective silver surface without being ushered into a chair. The gent made an effort to neatly comb his hair and trim that wiry facial hair for his appointment. I really don?t know what caused all those minute specks. I doubt if the next collector will notice them when the chap?s complete leather case that has a nicely repaired hinge is opened. There is tarnish inside the cutouts of the brass mat.