[Ambrotype portrait of an unknown woman]
Maker and role
Encased in a black leather case with a faded brown front cover that has two rectangles marked on it, hinged, with a central brass hook that latches onto a hoop on the upper edge. The inside of the case has a faded red coloured plush lining that has a floral pattern in the middle surrounded by a rectangle of curved leaves. There is a thin gold coloured pattern of circles and oblongs along the outer edges of both sides. The image is within a gold coloured metal mat that has been engraved with a repeating leaf pattern. The edges of the mat are outlined with a line of dots. The edges of the mat have been cut into a series of curves and peaks. The rectangular inner edge is metal impressed with what looks like a repeating leaf pattern at the corners with a floral pattern at the centre top, centre bottom and centre of the sides. The rectangular outer edge is fabric that probably originally matched the red plush fabric inside the front cover.