MY INITIAL INCLINATION . . . Was to deem this friendly expressive gent?s restored sixth plate a copy dag. However, looking at the naked plate didn?t offer up any positive proofs. Casey and I discussed the fellow?s portrait at great lengths. It was possible that the daguerreian?s preparation or chemistry wasn?t quite right the day the chap sidled into the salon to be taken. Regardless of the dag?s pedigree, it remains an amazing artifact. The very weird tendrils of tarnish created a rainbow frame of colors. There are green eruptions along the bottom and a couple mat scrapes upper left. The leather case has a barely adequate cloth hinge.