Half-plate daguerreotype of a family group, circa 1851. Pad is marked, "J.P. Ball, Artist, Cincinnati". James Presley Ball was a pioneering African American photographer who was born in Virginia and learned the daguerrean trade from another African-American in Boston, John Bailey. He moved to Cincinnati in 1845, having a very successful career there until the 1870s. Daguerreotype comes in its full, original leather case and its original seals intact! The underside of the glass is a little dirty, but having its original seals, there is NO damage. Half-plate full case, sealed daguerreotypes by Ball are extremely rare. Condition notes: As stated, the dag is undamaged. The case has minor wear, and the covers are separated along the spine. Case is 6" x 4.75" closed.