An antique tortoise shell calling/visiting card case decorated with two embossed Mother of Pearl panels. The case bears a different scene on each side. One with flowers and a bird; the other a castle scene. The case ranges in color from mahogany to caramel or cognac brown. The silver latch opens and closes easily and the shell is in excellent condition.
The case is a fine example of a case used to hold "calling cards". Calling cards were a social part Victorian life; cards had a "silent language" of their own. The cases were as beautiful as they were varied. Mother of Pearl, tortoise shell, sterling silver, and paper mache were skillfully crafted into small works of art that held the cards.
English, Circa 1850
Measurements; 4 ¼' X 3 ¼"
Condition; very good to excellent
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