This tintype was found with a lot of things related to Shumate/Irvine/Ferguson relatives. The tintype has two gilded pieces of jewelry, a pinky ring and a small pin in the center of his shirt collar. In my mind the book he's holding is a clue but the meaning has been lost with time. There's a clasp on the left side of the book and is ornately decorated on the front. It's interesting how he's holding the book, from the top so that the front is prominently displayed. If it was ever in a case it was removed long ago.