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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" may sound a little strange, but is the easiest way to express the intent of this research.
Seeking information to expand historical knowledge and finding, surprisingly often, "conventional wisdom" needs revision