This outstanding 19th century sterling silver calling card case was made by highly regarded American silver manufacturer Gorham. The piece has been finished with ornate repousse decoration on the front and back and features two smiling putti at the center standing side by side. The cherubs have been depicted wearing foliate wreaths and support a large crested cartouche finished in gilt wash over their heads. The decoration includes symmetrically arranged curvilinear foliate fronds, floral garlands, floral pendants and a right facing female portrait medallion at the base. The central image is framed by linear bands with a repeating pattern along with large floral medallions located at each corner. The piece comes complete with an attached chain handle made up of silver links.
The rectangular case has a hinged lid at the top which lifts to reveal an interior storage area. The inside is sized to accommodate items including credit cards, business cards, a house key, a driver's license or cash.
The case is in very good condition and has not been monogrammed. The hinge is fully functional and the top closes securely, keeping the contents safe inside. As an antique, the piece shows appropriate signs of age consisting of light scratches and minor wear to the corners. The piece is 3.75" by 2.375" and is "0.375 deep. The handle has a 4" drop when fully extended. The inside lip located on the base bears an early 3 part Gorham hallmark used from 1852-65 along with the number "185". The other side is marked "STERLING" along with the letter "J" indicating production in 1877. The item weighs in at 4oz.
This rare Gorham silver card case displays beautifully and would be a great addition to a collection of antique silver. It would be an ideal choice carried by a bride as "something old" or could be taken out on the town to carry the bare essentials when you don't want to be burdened with a large purse. An elegant piece in unusually good condition.
Antique Gorham Sterling Silver Calling Card Case with Repousse Decoration No Monogram