Half-plate daguerreotype of a man, woman, and their children, a boy and a girl. The girl is really cute, like a little doll, and a has a great pose and expression on her face. She is wearing a bracelet that has slid down her arm. At certain angles her dress looks
lightly tinted pink, but I can't tell positively. The little boy (in a dress) and the mom
both are smiling.
Inside the case was the note, which is included, that appears to date the people as James Albert Hovey and family. I found a record of a James Albert Hovey born in 1813, died 1892 in Norwich, Connecticut. His wife's name was Lavinia, and his son's was Albert (born 1845). I couldn't find a record for the girl, but that's not unusual.
Dag has scattered mold spiders and tarnish, and a couple of small mat abrasions. The one of note is a little over 1/4" and hard to see... it's up above the man's head near the mat. Seals are still affixed to the plate, though not intact. The case shows some wear... a lot of its outer layer is flaking off and halves separated(though matching). Case is structurally intact and has both clasps.
Boxed Priority Mail.