This unsmiling Boston woman posed for this CDV next to a fake column wearing a beautiful hoop-skirted dress. The dress appears to be made perhaps of silk taffeta and the five rows of trim at the bottom of the skirt are absolutely striking. The belt at her waist also appears to be made of the same material as the trim on the skirt. The full sleeves are a work of art as well with the lovely detailing. Look at the under-sleeves which are very also unique The one on her left appears to have polka-dots; I'm not sure what exactly those are supposed to be. Also she is wearing a removable collar, possibly lace.
The unidentified woman was probably wearing her best dress when she posed for photographer "Tyler" of Boston. This CDV was most likely made between 1864 - 1869. I was not able to find any information about Tyler.
I could look at beautiful dresses like this from that era all day; I'm just glad I did not have to wear them!