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Antique Mother of Pearl & Abalone Shell Victorian Calling Card Case c1860 (Code 1932)

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A lovely quality Victorian calling card case. It has diamond and triangular shaped panels of both mother of pearl and abalone shell. The abalone is particularly fine as you can see in the images. The mother of pearl has pink to green iridescence. The interior has a fabric liner to help keep the cards in good order. The lid is hinged and there is a push button to open the lid. These items were of course intended for use and it was customary to present your card when visiting during the 19th and early 20th century just as we do with business cards today.

This case is part of a recently acquired single owner collection. The predominant feature of the collection is the iridescent quality of the shells, with some particularly fine structural colours of the nacre. The colour and iridescence does of course change with the light and incident angle, so multiple images have been taken to try and give a sense of how it varies, all shot under halogen light.


Normal age related wear, minor losses to one base panel at the edges. One abalone panel has a natural flaw with a patch of none iridescent material.

Measurements (Approx)

Width: 7.7 cm ( 3 inches )

Height: 10.6 cm ( 4 1/4 inches )

Weight: 58 grams (before packing).

Stock Code: 1932 OC19-2



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