STUNNING FINE QUALITY VICTORIAN SOLID SILVER & MOTHER OF PEARL CALLING CARD CASE. This is a Stunning very fine quality Beautiful Victorian Solid Silver & Mother of Pearl Calling Card Case, this wonderful Card Case was crafted circa 1840 making it 180 years old, the decoration to the front of the Calling Card Case is breath taking and of the finest quality with the most beautiful solid silver banding that in turn has been bright cut engraved with diamonds which make it glisten when tilted, these silver panels create there own diamond design to the front of the case, to the centre is also a solid silver diamond cartouche which again has wonderful decoration, you will notice this is set off with again two half solid silver diamond shapes to the top, bottom and one on each side, this contrast beautifully against the panels of Mother of Pearl which have also been delicately engraved with flowers, the colours when the case is tilt are breath taking from, pinks, blues, greens and so much more, the back of the calling card case has a lovely mother of pearl finish, the hinge works well when the side button is pressed to open the case, this is then finished with the most wonderful side panels of sepentine shape mother of pearl borders, you will not see another like this on the Market it is extremely special, it is breath taking, the quality of the craftsmanship is superb.
This would have once belonged to a very wealthy Victorian Gentleman or Lady and sat proudly on the table top ready to be used, this would have been carried each time they went out on there visits, this was many many years ago when times were so very different, if this calling card case could talk i can just imagine what fascinating stories it could tell, this is so very tactile and once held it has the most wonderful feel. This will add something very special to any collection, my photos dont do it justice. Please study the photos as this is an extremely rare. Just over 10 cm height. Doesn't detract at all from its rare beauty, just mentioned for accuracy.
The giving and receiving of calling cards developed a very elaborate set of rituals and rules that every gentleman tried to master. While ones modern sensibilities might find these rigid formalities laughable, Ive got to say theres a certain appeal to it.
Far more dignified than poking someone on Facebook, wouldnt you say? Just in case you step through a time warp and land in the 19th century, heres your calling card etiquette survival guide. On a first visit to a household, a gentleman gave one card to each lady of the house. A married man had a medium sized card, while an unmarried man had a smaller card. Mens cards were always smaller than womens.When calling upon the lady of the house, if she was not home, but her daughter was, the gentleman sent in his card and departed, as it was not usual for a young lady to receive calls from a gentleman unless they were very intimate friends. Special significance was given to the turning down of the cards corners. A visit in person (as opposed to being sent by a servant): the right hand upper corner. A congratulatory visit: the left hand upper corner. A condolence visit: the left hand lower corner.
Taking leave (if you were going on a long trip): right hand lower corner. If there were two of more ladies in the household, the gentleman turned down a corner of the card to indicate that the call was designed for the whole family.
Gentleman would also inscribe initials upon the card to denote the reason for his visit. The initials stood for the following French words. If you want to be introduced to anybody, send your visiting card.....
The item "STUNNING FINE QUALITY VICTORIAN SOLID SILVER & MOTHER OF PEARL CALLING CARD CASE" is in sale since Saturday, July 11, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Boxes". The seller is "silver_treasures" and is located in ledbury. This item can be shipped worldwide.