Calling cards originated in their paper and ink form in France in the 18th century and their popularity quickly spread across Europe, and the United Kingdom. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, they became an indispensable accessory to fashionable, upper class life in the eastern United States as well.
Card styles evolved over time, reflecting changing tastes and sensibilities. The earlier calling cards of the late 18th and early 19th centuries were fairly minimal in their design. Usually, they presented an unadorned handwritten name on white or cream colored stock.
This small card which measures just 2 ½” x 1 ½” is dated 1847. It reflects the popular Spencerian penmanship songbird motif. It is made from a heavy card stock embossed with a central cameo nameplate surrounded by both a plaid and striped design. The inked card announces M. Smith in a very imposing script. Above the name is a drawing of two birds facing one another. Below is a drawing of two leaf embellished banners that say Gilmanton, New Hampshire and the date. I'm imagining that M. Smith drew the card him/her self.
The card is in very good condition. It has a tiny corner crease and is slightly bowed. Please examine the photos and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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1847 Hand Drawn Gilmanton, NH Calligraphic Calling Card
$35 SALE PENDING
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