The first of the new images has arrived. The cased quarter-plate daguerreotype of a gentleman. The case itself is quite amazing – made to look like a little book, it’s nearly half an inch thick and gives the plate some real heft. Makes you wonder if the family had a series of them together on a shelf in their library. The image itself is in quite excellent condition, with minimal tarnishing around the edges of the mat. There is a very subtle hand-coloring applied to his cheeks. As you can see from the shot of the open case, the spine is torn but not completely broken.