Victorian Calling Cards from the 1800's

Here are some additional examples of Victorian Calling Card Sample books and Pocket Cases that were carried by traveling salesmen who represented one or more card maker.   These date from around 1860-90.
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This is a Sample Book from Snow & Co's - Meriden, Conn

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Calling Card Cases are slim rectangular holders of visiting cards that were made from the 1820's to today.  The ones created during the height of the Victorian era exhibit the unique artistic styles and ornamentation of that day and were made in many types of materials or combinations of materials.   The most common card cases were Sterling or silver plate.  Other materials used include other metals, wood, mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, ivory, horn, paper mache', lacquer, and leather.   Similar to calling cards, the card cases were status enhancing accessories that often had elaborate and complex decorations and designs. 

 

 

 

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