Ivory Card Case

This is a carved ivory calling card case from the early 1800s. It was most likely used by a woman to keep the calling cards she would leave when making house calls to friends or family. Calling cards were prevalent during the Victorian era and were often displayed in decorative receivers (or trays) near the front entry of one’s home.
Object Name
card case
Object Type
Accessories Carried
Card Case
date made
bequest of
James, Catalina Juliana Mason Myers
used by
Mason, Maria Dorado
Physical Description
bone, ivory (overall material)
used in
Puerto Rico
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
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Home and Community Life: Costume
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Julian James
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America
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