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Unknown - mourning scene
This unsigned miniature portrait shows a mourning scene and is set into the top of a horn snuff box. The tombstone has the letters N H and an inscription around the edge which reads 'HONOR ET AMICITIA". 1108
The term "historical detective" sounds a little grandiose, but is the easiest way to express the intent of my research.
Seeking out information to expand historical knowledge and finding, surprisingly often, that "conventional wisdom" in many areas has got it wrong!