A popular custom during Victorian times, mid to late 19th Century, was the use of calling cards. These were presented to the servants of upper class families when one wished to announce themselves to the master or mistress of the house. Elaborate cases were designed to hold these cards - something like today's modern business cards.
This case is large enough to hold your present day business cards and would make a wonderful conversation piece amongst your associates.
It was made in England, probably late 19th Century. The material used was papier mache, a popular material used in everyday objects during this time period. It is decorated with hand painted gold leaf designs and has inlay of mother of pearl. and abalone. The design on both sides is approximately the same. There is a hinged lid that opens with a push button and it is lined in red felt. The hinge is tight and closes securely. There is even a little silver bar on top for a monogram, if you desire.
The piece measures 4 1/4" by 3 1/8". It is in fine antique condition.
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Antique Victorian Papier Mache Calling Card/Visiting Card Case