THE LENS WAS IMPERFECT! That accounted for the central portion of the resealed sixth plate dag being soft from the guy?s torso up to his forehead. The subject crossed one leg over the other and loosely folded his arms across his stomach. I don?t know where the fellow was taken, circa 1847 but I can assure you all he wasn?t seated in front of a highly skilled operator. Yet I still like the man?s sincere expression. The white specks are daguerreian frosting. There is a large diagonal crimp along the lower left corner at the same angle as the brass mat, in about half an inch. There is haziness on the bright silver especially upper right. Red paint was lathered on his flesh. The complete leather case has a nesting swan impression on both sides.