An ambrotype showing a half length portrait a boy wearing a sailors uniform. The boy looks directly into the camera and has his left hand resting on his hip. The ambrotype has been tinted with the boy's cheeks pink, the buttons and chain on his uniform gold and the braid on his hat also gold. The ambrotype is enclosed in a hinged case made from wood that has been covered in leather. The lid has detached from the base, however it would have opened to reveal the ambrotype on the right hand side. The ambrotype is framed in an oval brass mat. The opposite side of the case is lined with green velvet featuring an embossed decorative pattern. On the outside of the case, the leather also features an embossed decorative pattern. Two metal hooks on the the side of the case would have allowed the case to be closed securely, however one of the hooks is missing.