WIDE-EYED WOMAN! It is difficult to ascertain the reason for the softness in the lady?s face. She wore a startled expression when the lens was uncovered and her retaped sixth plate exposed. I imagine that her daguerreotypist handed her that tome as a prop. Visually speaking I am intrigued by the curve in her voluminous sleeve that matches the bow of the back of that wooden chair. A hint of red tint was added to her face and gold colored her jewelry. Dark patina and lots of spots and dots on are the reflective silver. The wooden and paper covered case has a loose inner cloth hinge.