A teacher is looking at a group of people and is thinking to herself how they look like.
With a single exception, they bore an almost family resemblancesmudge of putty.
to one another; flaxen hair, blue eyes, clear, fresh
complexions, and features slightly rugged, lacking the
blurred, boneless look associated with the faces of the
very young. Even the weeping infant had a nose, not a
Does "putty" here mean: a soft whitish substance that becomes hard when it dries and that is used to fix glass into window frames.
So that little child had a nose already and not a speck made with a putty, right?