Nice Hollowcut Silhouette
Northeast, dated 1840. Hollow-cut from paper with black backing. What makes this silhouette unusual is that the sprigs upper right are also hollow-cut. Signed on bottom R [illegible] Best 1840. Nice period frame with dry crackly surface. Frame size about 6 inches x 4 5/8. As photography in 1840 was at its infancy, this silhouette was likely the sole image of this young woman.