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It was a particular trend around that point in time to emboss the edges.I cant quite see from the screen, but if the photographers name and studio are embossed as well as the inking on them, then that would be a strong pointer for the 1890's from my understanding. The puffy leg of mutton sleeves are beginning to droop a little, characteristic of this period, and the characteristics of the mount and typography fit this period as well.Turner worked in Tuscaloosa from 1880 until at least 1904 when he did the photographs for the U AL yearbook. If you would like to add to your answer at any time -- for instance, if you discover more information about Turner, or would like to link to references about the time period Turner worked or the clothing details, you can use the 'edit' link below your answer.
Some details that might mean something to someone: ruffled collar, bow at neck in different fabric, pin at neck, style or placement of bow in hair.
I have looked through Joan Severa's Dressed for the Photographer, but have seen no examples with this style of ruffled collar.
I'm hoping that the photograph is of Amanda H Davis, who was born in 1861. That was my post about Duncan Davis over a year and a half ago. The Duncan Davis photo is by the same photographer (FM Turner), but has no embossed border and the photographer's marks are only embossed, not "gold".
Understanding the date of the photograph will help rule her in or rule her out. Judging by the fact that the borders are embossed, I would hazard a guess at late 1880s to early 1890's.
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I would appreciate any help in ascertaining the date of the photo below.
The photograph is a cabinet card, taken in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, by photographer FM Turner. According to wikipedia, Cabinet cards were most popular in the 1880s.