This boy is unidentified. He looks to be about 12 years old. The portrait is a sixth plate ambrotype.
It is in a 1/2 case and is of a type that is on an unusual thick glass. Looking at the bottom right corner of the piece is "Cutting's Patent July.11.1854." This I think referred to the metal frame. It does not mean that the portrait was taken in 1854, but it does nelp date the image. It does mean that it was taken in 1854 or afterwards, probably only a few years afterwatds at the most. Ambros are fairly easy to date because they were a prominant format for only a few years. Most American Ambros date from about 1855, so this one was probably taken in 1855 or 56. The most nottable aspects of the portrait was the hair down to his wears and the bow he is wearing.
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