The daguerreotype was the first commercially successful photographic process (1839-1860) in the history of photography. Named after the inventor, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, each daguerreotype is a unique image on a silvered copper plate.
This one features the photograph of a woman, most of the photo is still visible. Has some damage from age that is common among these pieces. Circa 1839-60, the case is in fantastic shape.