WHO WAS SHE? The day I purchased her stunning resealed ninth plate oval likeness both the seller and I KNEW that the woman must have been a mover and shaker in the mid-19th century! For two months the superbly executed profile was in a large box of dags awaiting Casey's restoration. Upon completion I made this scan and once again pondered her identity, without success. I decided to elicit an opinion from a very scholarly advanced collector friend and client. Within 10 minutes he replied that the serious face belonged to Elizabeth Peabody. I quickly Googled her and was pleased that he was most likely correct. Then I was completely overwhelmed by her lifelong accomplishments. I will direct readers to this website for her biography:http://www.answers.com/topic/elizabeth-peabody
For facial resemblances, simple Google her name in the "images" section. Keep in mind that Elizabeth was 52 when the portrait underneath slightly domed glass was taken; if the "56" written in pencil inside the plush green velvet case on the white silk inside denotes the year. There are three other words I cannot read and "Townsend" which brings up the question, "Am I certain that the subject was Peabody?" Nope, I'm not. The woman's manner of dress and her facial features are instructive in creating a case. Her thick coiled gray hair is persuasive too. Technically speaking, the artist responsible for the face on a silver palette was a professional daguerreotypist. He illuminated Elizabeth using brightness from a skylight. Patina around her is evident. Those lines are NOT scratches on the left side. If only more of the chair was visible . . . the daguerreian might conclusively be named. I am proud to offer this dramatic image with great potential for more research.
Dennis A. Waters at