The subject sat anchored in place holding a small book in a vertical direction on top of his thigh with his other hand placed nearby! Although the daguerreian didn?t buff the sixth plate silver with great skill, the man placed his client capably on the surface. There are mat marks and patina near the edges of the framed opening. Gold was intentionally added in a couple places. New glass and an archival seal completed the presentation once the whole leather case is opened.