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Victorian Mother of Pearl and Abalone Shell Calling Card Case, Antique c1860 (Code 1928)

  • £11000


A Victorian period calling card case with diamond and triangular mother of pearl and abalone shell panels. The maker has laid the panels to form a decorative effect. There is also a white metal plaque to the top which was intended to be engraved with initials for personalisation. It has a push button to release the cap and a hinged lid. The interior has a fabric lining to help keep the cards clean when taking them in and out. These cases were of course used for calling cards and presenting your card at a residence or business was common practice during the 19th and early 20th century. This example likely dates around 1860.

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, some minor natural flaws as expected. Some slight nicks and losses, see images for exterior condition and look.

Measurements (Approx)

Width: 7.8 cm ( 3 inches )

Height: 10.3 cm ( 4 inches )

Weight: 58 grams (before packing).

Stock Code: 1928 OC19-2



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