Mother of Pearl & Abalone Shell Victorian Antique Calling Card Case c1870 (Code 1923)
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 with a few small nicks in the panels and the usual natural flaws. The odd scratch and hairline through the shell. One of the abalone panels has a very unusual grain pattern, but is a natural form.
Width: 8 cm ( 3 1/8 inches )
Height: 10.5 cm ( 4 1/8 inches )
Weight: 62 grams (before packing).
Stock Code: 1923 OC19-2
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