(LA) The elderly lady is Grandma Platts - born abt 1799 and died abt
1879 in Hasland (Grassmoor). The Platts family lived in
Grassmoor/Hasland on Windwhistle farm and are buried in the North
Wingfield Church. Interestingly, my Platts uncle's daughter Ellen
married a Stringfellow farmer and her daughter married a doctor Graham
and I noticed Stringfellow was a photographer on your site!
(BP) My estimate from the clothing and the fact that it is an ambrotype
(is it actually an ambrotype?) is c. late 1850s. The subject lived in
Hasland, a village just to the south-east of Chesterfield, and it seems
very likely that this early photo was taken in Chesterfield. Any ideas
as to who the photographer could have been? Could it be Stringfellow,
who advertised in Chesterfield in 1860.
(JB) an Ambrotype, but I suspect the case may in fact be complete. I'd
guess it was done by an itinerant photographer and mounted in a cheap
half case/frame with a ring to hang it up.