Pre photography these miniature portraits were very popular. Many artist made their living painting these thought the 18th & early 19th century. Please see the close ups of the painting under progressive magnification 3 to 20x- You can see the brush strokes. Amazing artistry. The red coat of this gentleman is no accident it signifies military service. Painted on some type of natural surface perhaps bone. Case and surrounds have been replaced with more modern materials.
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