HOW . . . Did John Davis manage to stay in business producing retaped sixth size daguerreotypes like this example of an older client? He plied his trade at 257 Washington St. in Boston MA from 1850 to 1854, although he operated in the city at other locations beginning in 1845. I guess this might have been a copy dag, but even looking at the naked plate I couldn’t be certain. That is a mega mold mite on the guy’s shoulder along with smaller spiders in the drop. Mat marks are visible and a couple oval tarnish blips. The leather case is apart. Curiously, Davis painted the edge of the tablecloth underneath his client’s arm, dull blue.