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.

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.

History of Use:

Case A contains a calling card from Miss Mary Hamilton