Initially, cabinet cards were made from natural raw bristol board, both front and back.But in the mid-1870s the backs were coated with soft off-white or even light pastel ink.
Artistic print means the typeface used is highly ornate cursive style.
The borders (lines or artwork on the card) and the manner in which the card edges were cut or treated are some of the best known clues to dating the cabinet card.
Whenever I spot one of those old Photo Albums from the 1800s with family pictures, I have to buy it!
I can't bear the thought that the album and photos will be lost or destroyed.
Throughout the time however, plain straight cut edges could be found also.