Ideally, in an alternative dag world, every sixth plate that I purchase would have the perfect untouched condition seen in the teenager’s retaped likeness. Once the original seals were loosened and the moisture-laden glass was taken off, the youngster was revealed to have aged gracefully; surrounded by colorful bands of patina. Her maker placed his subject on a properly prepared plate designed to work with good lighting that would produce great contrast and a highly reflective surface. I noticed that tight slender band on the girl’s finger. Was she a young bride who was either daguerreotyped with a reversing prism on the camera’s lens or just before the moment of truth, did she switch the ring to that location? Her leather case is complete.