This young man has spent a lot of time in the field. His hands and face are very well tanned. I'm guessing that he has just been given his uniform as it is in pristine condition
with all of the buttons intact. Notice the waist pocket on his lower right side. He has something stuffed into his jacket, I'm guessing a hand kerchief or something of that sort.
He has his elbow on a table with two books. I'm thinking that the book title showing is Mathematics Vol II, but I'm not sure. This is a 1/9 plate ruby ambrotype and comes in
a 1/2 case. The buttons are gilded and I can't make out anything through the gilding. #9640=$150.00