Calling cards were part of the social etiquette of the late 19th and early 20th century. Visiting was an important part of the social network .
A - Calling card case made from tortoiseshell, abalone, and mother-of-pearl. Case has a hinge and a button for opening. On both the front and the back there is a narrow band of abalone shell on the outside, with a wider band of mother of pearl, followed by another naarrow band of abalone shell, and a rectangular panel of tortoise shell in the centre.There is small plate on the top for a monogram. There is red fabric lining inside. It contained a calling card.
B - A calling card case of tortoise shell with mother of pearl bands and a hinged lid and button on the side to open. On both the back and the front there are alternating bands of mother of pearl and tortoise shell; three of mother of pearl and two of tortoise shell. The mother of pearl bands have an incised floral design. There is a small metal plate on the top of the lid.
Case A contains a calling card from Miss Mary Hamilton