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 an earlier photo. This carte is likely from the late 1860s or early 1870s.
If the carte was made around 1870, the sitter was probably born in the 1790s or 1780s. 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 around 1870, made with a photograph taken in the 1860s, of a woman holding a silhouette that was likely made prior to the 1850s.
Layers of love and memory…