Also, please read the condition report. Hidden mothers are in vogue, but in the ambrotype format they are scarce. African American hidden mothers in the ambrotype format are even scarcer.
We can see that the hidden mother is African American because of the hand behind the babys neck. When tilted, the areas surrounding the baby all turn light.
This has something to do with the emulsion and/or the black backing. Straight on, it makes for very good viewing and would reproduce well. There are black striations in the space above the arm.
Quite a study in patterns and textiles. The babys face is absolutely adorable. The item "RARE HIDDEN BLACK MOTHER BLACK CHILD AMBROTYPE LATE 1850s ANTIQUE PHOTO" is in sale since Friday, April 15, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\Ambrotypes".The seller is "genest" and is located in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.