Case, Card
Case, Card
Case, Card
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Randall House - Wolfville Historical Society

Case, Card


Accession number: 75.L.34A-B
Object type: Calling Card
Date: 1870 – 1920
Materials: Wood; Shell, Mother of Pearl; Shell, Tortoiseshell; Shell, abalone
Measurements: 10.4 cm L x 7.7 cm W x 0.7 cm ThickDimensions for B: 10. 5 cm long by 7.8 cm wide by .7 cm thick.
Narrative:

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 .

Description:

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.

History of Use:

Case A contains a calling card from Miss Mary Hamilton