Again a conventional wisdom seems to be that darker colours tended to be later, even allowing for the possibility of fading over time.
Again we can see from advertisements from the late 1860s, early 1870s that mounts are available for cartes in every tint or every India tint. Again a high gloss with dark colour is generally thought to be later in origin.
These pictures which have some features in common with the smaller pictures which have during the last few years been so popular with the public but are larger in size, the dimensions of the print being 51/2 in x 4 in those of the mounting card 61/2 in x 41/2 in.
In arrangement and style the pictures resemble card portraits but the better dimensions afford more opportunity for pictorial effect.
While the generality of this may be true, the cabinet portrait was in fact introduced as early as 1866.
A novelty in portraiture, calculated in some degree to replace the many demands for cartes de visite has been successfully introduced under the name of Cabinet Portraits.
It would seem that printers kept the plates for customers’ designs, looking for repeat orders.
So in 1870 notice was given that “ Some mounts include the name of the printer/designer, but again this doesn’t always help as, for example, Marion mounts were probably available throughout the 19th century.
Medallion mounts had an embossed oval area in the centre, making the central part of the portrait, usually a vignette, stand out slightly from the background.
Some other mount makers whose names names have survived are: Marion mounts are coded with punctuation marks surrounding the printers name, probably indicating date of production.
Or could these indicate a batch number for the customer to make sure that re-orders are from the last design supplied?
Later suppliers would provide photographic papers in pre-cut sizes.
The Union Photographic Co of 53 Worcester Street, Birmingham was offering in 1902: No 1 CDV 3⅝ x 2⅜ (1/10d per gross) No 2 CDV 3½ x 2¼ (1/8d per gross) No 3 Cabinet 5¾ x 4 (5/- per gross) No 4 Cabinet 5½ x 4 (4/8d per gross) The two cartes de visite below from the 1890s are on standard sized carte de visite mounts, with impressed rectangles for the photographic print and with the print area approximating to the size of a cigarette card.