Dating from the middle to later 1850's, a 1/6 plate ambrotype photograph of a child. The clothes, the child is wearing, is a white dress and long pantaloon, which shows beneath the dress. The sleeves of the dress appear to be lovely whitework embroidery, possibly the same needlework as the hem line of the pantaloons, which is Broderie anglaise.
The back of the photograph is black varnished and the mat and preserver are simple, again, suggesting the ambrotype dates from the middle to late 1850's. In the lower part of the mat, it is stamped with the photographer, N.W. Bruce. On the opposite lower side, it is stamped Lockport, N.Y. Lockport, New York is a small town on the Erie canal near Niagara Falls.
Condition of the photograph and mat are very nice, at least in my opinion, as my knowledge in regards to ambrotypes is limited.
The case is lined in a velvet with a geometric scroll design. The velvet lining is in nice condition. The outside of case is an embossed geometric design. It does have some paper loss to the front cover and the hinge is broken but does have a catch to fasten. Size of the case is 3-1/8" x 3-1/2".