Antique Victorian English calling card case in fine old papier mache with lots of inlaid mother of pearl and a back-painted glass panel (eglomise) set in the one side that depicts a fine mid-1800s view of a gothic cathedral. In this case it's identified as York Minster. Charming painting, still in quite fine condition for this type of work, without any break or crack to the glass panel upon which it is painted. Not a perfect case, but these are so rare to find these days, we're happy to offer it for your own Grand Tour souvenir collection.
Very good condition for age and type, you can see it has a little disruption to the sky in the back-painted glass panel. This is quite typical and it really has less disruption than most. These date mid-1800s and this one might well be Jennens & Bettridge though it is unsigned. The quality is certainly there. Not a perfect case, it has a disruption to the old hinge, and I think perhaps the hinge present is a replacement as it doesn't quite let the case close tightly (see images). Might be one best for display than for use, though I used to love to use these back when I worked for Paramount, Inc., and had "after-hours" events that required introductions. The cases I used always seemed to be a great conversation opener and eased my way. You'll have fun with this one! Priced to accommodate the condition of the case, of course.
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