This ninth-plate size (2 x 2.5 inches or 6 x 6 cm) Ambrotype features a distinguished older gentleman with a piercing gaze. We don't know the identity of the man.
It is on ruby red glass with a clear glass cover. It has a fancy pressed or chased pinchback gilt or gold leaf foil matte frame made of copper or brass. Based on the design foil mat and ruby glass, it likely dates from sometime between 1858 - 1865.
The photo is in overall good condition and show excellent detail. As shown, there is a little flaking on the image, it is shifted in the mat, and the gilded mat is bent and creases along the edge.