This is what ladies would carry when calling upon one another socially during the Victorian era. It is called a calling card case. They gave their calling card to a maid who answered the door of the intended hostess to announce her arrival. Such matters seem foreign today and the card case is most often used for business cards.
This card case is covered in pieces of mother of pearl and abalone. It would be considered mosaic style. It measures 4" high by 2 3/4" wide and a little less than 1/2" deep. It has a hinged to that lifts to reveal the card. The case is fully covered in a checkered pattern of both substances, The abalone appears in the center and in the borders. There is a push button clasp at the side and when pushed the top opens. The overall condition of this piece is very good. There is a repair near the hinge with some glue residue, and several slivers of loss of mother of pearl and abalone. None of the loss is major and considering it's age it is a marvelous piece. Very giftable for a working lady with a nice business card. I personally have used a sterling silver ornate card case for many years.
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Art & Antiques from Victorian through the 1950's and slightly beyond
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