“My goodness Mary!” That’s what mother must have exclaimed after she opened the complete sixth plate leather case and had closely examined her daughter’s beau! The ruggedly handsome chap was taken by an extremely competent operator. What could have been a droll portrait turned into a miniature masterpiece. The slight tilt of the man’s head with his lovely eyes gazing away from the camera, most likely at Mary who stood off to the side, coupled with his stack of coiled hair and freckled face was guaranteed to woo any female. Light pigments were painted over those freckles. The double dots on his bowtie were rather extraordinary too. The resealed piece has wayward tarnish and specks and flecks that you most likely won’t even notice.
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