Antique Georgian Tooled Green Morocco Leather Calling Card Case With Poignant English Victorian Calling Card
This decorative Georgian very dark green (looks black) leather calling or trade card case was produced in circa 1830. It is a very tactile leather clad case with attractive tooled leather anthemion motif designs to the front. Included in the card case is a Victorian trade card from circa 1880, the text reads: “Mr Mortimer Rooke, The Ivy, Chippenham. 54 Eccleston Square, S. W.”
Mortimer Rooke was born in Corsham, Wiltshire, England on the 15th April 1854 and died on the 16th of May 1942. Mortimer and his wife Frederika Charlotte Louisa Rooke, nee Thelluson, had 7 children. The Rooke’s were a wealthy family; the family lived in the “Ivy House” which is a large prestigious country house in Chippenham, Wiltshire. Interestingly his wife, Frederika, was the granddaughter of Frederick Vernon Wentworth of Wentworth Castle. The 1891 census tells us that Mortimer was a solicitor and his wife was “Living on her own means”.
Their son Captain Wallace Mortimer Rooke served in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry in the First World War. Sadly he contracted Spanish Influenza while in France; he obtained leave of absence and initially improved upon his return to Wiltshire. Sadly the condition returned and he developed Pneumonia which proved to be fatal. Tragically their daughter, Doris Mary Rooke also died from Pneumonia following the Spanish Influenza. And unbearably their daughter Ellen Marjory Rooke also died from Meningitis as a complication of contacting Spanish Influenza. The Spanish Flu pandemic was one of the world's most deadliest diseases at the start of the 20th century with almost a third of the world's population infected and as many as 25 million killed within the first six months of the outbreak!
Measuring: Card case 3 1/8” (8 cm) by 1.75” (4.5 cm).
The card case is in good condition. The card has some minor foxing and slight bumping to the corners.
This genuine antique conversation piece is the perfect addition to your gentleman's library, club house or ephemera collection.
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