A lovely remnant of a time long ago, this is a Napoleon III era (c.1850-70) or Victorian Era French made "necessaire". It's a lady's notebook, the early forerunner of a "daytimer" which also morphed into today's smart phones. This one is superb, silver-cased mother of pearl, silk-lined (tattered a bit for age) and with the old original stylus still present along with the inner notebook of paper. Some refer to these as "carnet du bal", though that is a dance card and a little different. This item would have also had a little folded annual calendar, an intaglio print, and the pages would be where engagements, events, people and calling cards were noted. Lovely to collect. Fun to use.
Good to very good condition for age and type, this one has pristine panels of lustrous old mother of pearl and the silver framework and cartouche remain very fine. The "good" part is the interior, silk of which has tattered with age, as you see. The inner notebook hasn't anything written in it, and is probably 10 pages or so. The original stills is tucked into the little round hole made for it at the spine, and is in very good condition. Measurements are noted directly on our photos.
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Antique French Carnet du Bal, Nécessaire, Mother of Pearl, Sterling Silver Notebook,
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