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.

Date Made: 1800-1835

Bequest Of: James, Catalina Juliana Mason MyersUsed By: Mason, Maria Dorado

Used In: Puerto Rico

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Costume, American Enterprise, Domestic Furnishings

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

Credit Line: Estate of Cassie Mason Myers Julian-James

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CS.033487Catalog Number: 033487Accession Number: 70138

Object Name: card caseObject Type: Accessories CarriedWomanCard CaseOther Terms: card case; Accessories Carried; Female

Physical Description: bone, ivory (overall material)

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-5648-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_357811

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