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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 15, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
RARE VICTORIAN REPOUSSE CASTLE & CATHEDRAL SCENES LADIES VISITING CARD CASE, STERLING OR COIN SILVER WITH INCREDIBLE DETAIL ON BOTH SIDES VERY IMPORTANT ITEM INFORMATION, PLEASE READ! Fresh from an early Georgia farm estate is this museum quality Victorian ladies visiting card case. It is made of Sterling or Coin Silver but I can't find any marks which is rather unusual for a piece of this quality, maybe I'm missing it. is a little history on card cases.................. The visiting card-case was only large enough to accommodate the stylish, but small, visiting cards. When visiting friends, or "making calls," people would leave a card at the front door or parlor, even if the person they were visiting was home. They were used as a reminder about who had visited recently and deserved a visit in turn. Sometimes a loving greeting was added, though the card alone was considered a message. It was considered a "red-letter day," a term that originated with the tradition of marking holy days in a church calendar in red, when a young "maid" or man was granted his or her first visiting card. The fashions of calling cards varied with the trends; sometimes middle initials were fashionable, other times not; some cards, while others were of a "severe style," particularly for the gentlemen. In the book Decorum, published in 1877, the following recommendations were made for refined visiting card etiquette: "Visitors should furnish themselves with cards. Gentlemen ought simply to put their cards into their pocket, but ladies may carry them in a small elegant portfolio, called a card-case. This they can hold in their hand and it will contribute essentially (with an elegant handkerchief of embroidered cambric) to give an air of good taste."............Each side of this piece is different but heavily repoussed and detailed. One has a grand cathedral surrounded by trees and nouveau style scrolls, flowers and vines, it also has some bright cut details. The other side shows a turrented castle with flag flying, t is a bridge and mountains with lake and tiny boat. It also has the same repousse scrolls, flowers and vines. It opens easily and the hinges still work perfectly. It measures 3 1/2" tall by 2 1/2" across by 1/4" deep and other than a few minor scratches it is in great condition. Please be sure and mark us as a favorite seller, we list lots of unique and unusual antiques and collectibles every week! Auntbee is always happy to combine multiple item purchases to save on your shipping charges!


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