Half Cased 1/6th Plate Ambrotype
Unknown Photographer
Great Britain
c. 1850s

similar in appearance with similarly styled clasps, the vast majority of the naval medals were issued with no more than one clasp. Only fourteen are known to have been issued with five
clasps. So while there is a very slim chance that this old man could be wearing a NGSM with five clasps the odds side with him actually wearing the army medal.

The image is housed in a reddish brown papier-mâché half case with a metal hanging ring attached to its top side. This style of half case was far more popular in Britain than the full
cased variety that were favored in North America at the same time. The case is very plain with only very light embossing present.