“SHANNON” . . . Was inscribed in the bottom of the separated and very worn (with piece of leather missing) leather case and also on the back of the archivally taped sixth plate that had been electroplated with an extra layer of silver. The pair of most obvious observations I will make are the beauty of the boy and the excellence given to him by his maker. Perfection personified comes to mind because of razor sharp focus, wide contrast and superb tonality. That helped create outstanding deep depth! Even the touch of red on his lovely face heightened his appearance. Okay, his jacket’s slash pocket was rolled over on the edge. I guess the likeness is slightly less than brilliant! One dimple near the brass mat upper right is unseen unless you look for it. Any mark in the reproduction really should be completely discounted. This effort was a grand slam!