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Or was it simply an illusion? I believe that line was a sliver of the gentleman’s shirt, since his plain vest wasn’t buttoned. That solid thickly knotted tie supported his collars and probably propped up the fellow?s bearded chin. He nodded his impressive head slightly while staring stoically at the camera while the lens was uncapped. The oval ring of patina perfectly vignettes the holographic patron of a daguerreian who really realized early on how to make a classic bust portrait. The contrast was superlative. Of course, I do wonder who he was during his lifetime. His demeanor certainly impressive! Any specks seen in the scan won’t be noticed when the separated cover of the leather case is removed. There is a patriotic design but who can know if the man was in the military? The archivally sealed likeness is a sixth plate.