This carte-de-visite came to me from England (Northamptonshire), but it has nothing written on it to identify the sitter or photographer. The photo (print) was cut into an oval shape and glued onto a paper mount with an oval frame design already printed on it. Such cartes were generally made after someone had died, as a memorial tribute, by reprinting or copying an earlier photo. This carte was likely made in the 1860s, by copying a daguerreotype made in the 1850s or 1840s.
If the original photograph was taken in the 1850s, the sitter was probably born in the 1780s or earlier. In her right hand is a framed silhouette, or profile, cut from black paper. Prior to the invention of paper photographs (CDVs) and tintypes in the 1850s, silhouettes were the least expensive way to create a personal portrait.
It would appear, then, that this is a carte-de-visite from the 1860s, made with a photograph taken in the 1850s, of a woman holding a silhouette that was made even earlier.
Layers of love and memory…