Tortoiseshell Card Case

Description
This is a tortoiseshell calling card case from the mid-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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
card case
date made
1840-1890
ID Number
1982.0286.03
accession number
1982.0286
catalog number
1982.0286.3
subject
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
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Home and Community Life: Costume
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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