A very fine carnet de bal, it has a custom silver cisele (jeweler cut) front frame and a large central initial cartouche. It originates from Paris and dates towards 1880.
The very fine hand cut framing silver mount is the work of a jeweler or silversmith. At the bottom center there is an oval with an enclosed small hooded figure. At the top center there is an oval with a stylized fleur de lis. Each corner has an arabesque with three fleur de lis flowers. A chain of ovals joins each corner together and the overall appearance of the mount is reminiscent of Belgian lace. The central medallion has arabesques and fleur de lis The central oval has engraved initials, "MGB". The mother of pearl plaques are magical, reflecting opalescent colors front and back. The plaques are original and antique.
The interior is lined with buff colored moire silk. There are three small pockets of which the original pencil slides into: this also serves to close the book. A scalloped edged pocket is the perfect size for calling cards or small bank notes. There is a silk lined interior book with a beautifully engraved frontispiece which reads, "souvenir" The engraving is charming with two Renaissance young lads calling on two pretty damsels. At the back of the book are pages with the days of the week.
It measures: 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 1/2". It is in very good condition.
The fine cisele work indicate that this was a custom ordered carnet, possibly for an engagement or marriage gift. This was common during the era as these little books were indispensable accessories, the perfect size for outer dress pockets.
Fine Antique Nineteenth Century Mother of Pearl Carnet de Bal with Silver Cisele Framework