SOMETIMES . . . Sixth plate daguerreotypes have survived the aging process so well that the subject seems as fresh, in this instance, a lovely confident young woman, as the day she posed for her maker circa 1851. Not only was her costume rather extraordinary, the gal’s neatly coiffured hair and her deportment were simply splendid. That was a large inlaid mother of pearl book style case she displayed up side down. The book next to her elbow would simply have been a prop. Her likeness was completely separated from the dark cloth because of her maker?s expert illumination. The daguerreian?s plate preparation allowed her to float inside the brass mat with great confidence and depth. Be prepared if you are fortunate enough to become the next owner. The gal will continue to smile and warmly welcome you into her world.