Social contacts and engagements were an important part of society in the early 1900's. This sterling lady's calling card case and Carnet de Bal was the perfect etui to track all of one's social activities and obligations. Functional, beautiful, and rare to find completely intact, this sterling silver case is entirely engraved with ornate Art Nouveau embellishment. The interior of the case comes complete with a celluloid panel and sterling writing instrument to make notes of important social engagements and lists of dance partners. A most important accessory for any socialite active in her community, this case was a crucial part of everyday social life in the early 1900's.
The case is grand in scale, measuring 4 9/10" by 2 7/8" with a chain that measures 12" in length. The total weight is a substantial 103.8 grams. Of British origin, it is fully hallmarked with the lion passant denoting sterling, the anchor for Birmingham, the letter S for the year 1917 and WHH for William H. Haseler. In excellent antique condition, this is a beautiful card case to be worn and enjoyed, or simply admired in a display case. Either way, it is a fascinating and historical objet d'art.