The handsome sitter in this sixth-plate daguerreotype has clear, piercing eyes. The details of his three-piece suit, satin necktie, and the tools on the table are well-defined. Upon close inspection, there are 2 pin-point-sized black spots, one directly above the sitter's head and one near the upper edge of the mat. There is an extremely minor ring of exceptionally faint tarnish at the edges of the oval mat. When examined in raking light, there are two very small isolated areas of faint scratches near the upper edge. There are very few tiny white accretions near the right edge. As is visible in the catalogue illustration, there is a small milky spot with a faint rust-colored halo near the lower edge.
The case is in generally very good condition, with minimal rubbing to the covers. The spine appears to have been reinforced. 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.