Photographic positive, ambrotype in case, studio portrait of unidentified man, collodion / paint / glass / wood / paper / metal / velvet, photographer unknown, 1865-1880
An ambrotype showing the portrait of a man seated in a studio setting. The man has a full beard and moustache. He sits with the right side of his body angled towards the camera. He wears a coat and tie, has his right arm in his lap and his left arm resting on the back of the chair he is seated on. 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 a rectangular brass mat. A glass panel sits over the top of the brass mat and another decorative brass frame sits on the outside of the glass. The opposite side of the case is lined with faded red velvet featuring an embossed decorative pattern. On the outside of the case, the leather also features an embossed decorative pattern. A metal hook on the side of the case would have allowed it to be closed securely.