A man wearing an ear trumpet is an unusual subject for any photo. Much effort was made to deliberately conceal ear trumpets … this ambrotype by contrast suggests a proud owner.
Ambrotypes developed the photograph directly onto a glass plate coated with silver salts and backed with a black varnish. Because they were so fragile this needed mounting behind another piece of glass which was often then mounted in a metal frame. In this example the embossed leather box case holds an ornate gold metal frame with finely decorated velvet in the opposite face.