FLOATING ON BLACK. An older man was copied onto a sixth plate from a small oval that would have been placed most likely in a piece of woman’s jewelry. The gent’s salt and pepper hair flew out from his skull. Looking closing under his tinted cheeks, I believe that I see beard stubble. Maybe he shaved with cold water and a razor clam shell. He wore a white shirt and a small white bow tie when the original daguerreotype was taken. This resealed second generation piece has excellent contrast and depth. There are many tiny mold spiders on the surface. The dark and very rich burgundy pad opposite the tiny disc is unmarked. The leather case has an effective old spine repair.