6th plate in papier-mache case with split spine (fair-good condition: some tarnish and "fogging" of plate; child is soft in focus because of subject movement; mother is sharp; strong chiaroscuro lighting; see scan for details). Note pinned to case notes date as 1840, but I suspect this is later (perhaps ca. 1846).
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EARLY 1840's 6th PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE IDd MOTHER & CHILD OLD MASTER EXPRESSION
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Condition ratings are:
excellent (mint or as close to that as possible); very good (minor or hardly noticeable imperfection/s); good (some visible, smaller imperfections; generally not impairing the image to any significant aesthetic degree); fair (some noticeable imperfections, problems, or distressing), poor (significant condition issues throughout and imperfections).