This radiant calling card case is adorned with diamond shaped wafers of mother of pearl which have been delicately engraved with flowers. It originates from a Parisian estate sale and dates circa 1880.
During the 19th century noble ladies and gentlemen presented personal presentation cards upon visits to friends and business associates. Elegant card holding accessories were among items sold, to hold these elegant cards.
This case is entirely made up of hand cut wafers of mother of pearl shell. The shell reflects exquisite colors of rose, green, blue and yellow. The pattern is beautiful; both triangular and diamond shaped wafers are pieced together to form a large diamond shape at the center of the front and back. Each wafer is hand engraved with delicate leaves and flowers; two of the diamond shapes on each side have engraved tuber roses. The case opens with a small silver button on the right side. The interior is lined with rose velour (fraying and missing velour on the inside top of the case).
It measures: 4 1/16" x 3" x 3/8". The interior measures 2 5/8" long 1/4" wide. It is in very good antique condition: one slight ship to mother of pearl on the right hand side typical with age and use. Please study the photos as they are the best description. The mother of pearl reflects at all angles as well as the angle of light; therefore the pictures have cool and warm casting depending on the light.
It is an elegant accessory with a particular place and use in time.
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