That lovely loop in the ruffian’s ear leads me to believe that he was a familiar soul on the pitching decks of a sailing vessel. And upon further inspection there is a similar glimmer of reflected light on the left ear. Many of the white specks aren’t nearly so visible as seen in the scan. Plenty of oxidation flows around him as the gent rests inside a complete sixth size leather case with an adequately repaired hinge.
SING ME A SEA SHANTEY! Sixth Plate