A very collectable and exquisite piece from the days of etiquette and “gentleman callers”. This calling card case invokes the spirit of a more rigid approach to dating – The Edwardian equivalent of Tindr you might say. Used to keep calling cards in, which would be given to the butler on arrival to let the master or mistress of the house know you were here and what your credentials were – and presumably then your intentions to the youngest daughter.
This example dates from the late 19th century, though maybe a little into the first decade of the 20th. It is a rather fine one in tortoiseshell around a bone structure with fine weft felt lining (please see our notes regarding protected materials). It has a push button mechanism to open and a firm click to close. On the top edge is a silver cartouche which remains unititialled. These items have a social/historical interest and remain a great field of collecting. Swipe left if you like it!
This card case is in really good condition. The hinge has started to wobble a bit but is still sound. The closing mechanism is solid with a good firm click. There is a very small, minor area of damage to the tortoiseshell close to the hinge – but remember this is a fragile material and to only have this small amount of damage means this card case has been well cared for.
- 4.1 inches/10.4 cm x 3 inches /7.3 cm x 0.5 inches/1 cm
Parcel A: £8.50
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