This exceptionally vivid quarter-plate daguerreotype is in generally excellent condition. There are a few small irregular scratches in the lower portion of the image, which do not detract in any way from this luminous and impressive plate. There are 4 very small dark spots, possible tarnish, in the lower left corner.
The hand-cut mat is somewhat discolored along the edges.
Notes on the new seal indicate that this plate has been lightly cleaned and re-sealed by Casey Waters, Exeter, NH, in August 2017, and that the plate has the following hallmarks: star; doublé; A Goudin 40.
The attractive floral-stamped case, with gilt rope detailing and red velvet lining, is in generally very good to excellent condition. There is some wear along the spine and edges. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.