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Vintage Olive Wood Calling Card Case from the Holy City Jerusalem
Visiting or calling card cases were considered objects of vertu and, as a result, they appealed to jewelers and craftsmen of all mediums and artistic expression. The variety of materials ranged from gold to fabric, silver to wood, tortoise shell to mother-of-pearl, leather to silk. Artistic creations ranged from reverse glass paintings to fine enamel work, from tooling to inlaying, from carving to engraving, from appliqués to weavings, and paintings to silver wire decorations.
Handcrafted, we believe this vintage card case is made of olive wood. The word Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem, is painted on the edge where the top and bottom of the case come together. The case measures 4 inches tall by 2.75 inches wide. There are some age commensurate surface scratches, which are visible in the photos. Unlike many other vintage card cases, this one is large enough to accommodate a modern day business card or credit card. Obviously a cherished souvenir from the Holy City, the appeal of this card case lies in its simplicity and the comfortable feel and smoothness of the wood.
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