NOT SO SKILLED! Since it doesn?t appear that the lad?s resealed sixth plate was ever cleaned, the very random polishing marks done in every direction were probably originally. The operator did manage to make the daguerreotype, albeit a mite overexposed. The inner hinge of the leather case is intact but some of the outside leather is gone. While I can?t read the title of that large book, the date appears to be 1851 about the time the boy was taken. Tinting was applied to his face. There are various minor surface flaws and tarnishing of the silver.