I love this antique glass plate negative for many reasons, including for dense wall of spindly trees in the background, and for what one imagines was this woman's pure pleasure in skating, but most of all for the figure eight traced on the surface of the ice, clearly drawn by her skates many times over. I like glass place negatives that are great objects in and of themselves, and here I think the wintery trees and traces of her skates on the ice are all the better felt in the negative. I'd just prop this one is in the window.
4" x 5" and dating to the 1890s or so. Excellent condition. The last photo shows the positive next to the negative.