RARE 18th CENTURY Thomas Carpenter SOLID SILVER VERGE FUSEE POCKET WATCH 1789. RARE BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN Faux BLONDE TORTOISESHELL SMALL CARD CASE. This is a Beautiful Victorian Faux Blonde Tortoiseshell Card Case, this i believe was crafted c1900 making it around 121 years old, This Beautiful Victorian Faux Blonde Tortoiseshell has the most Beautiful Colours of Faux Blonde Tortoiseshell allover the Card Case. There is a Small round Push Button that opens and closes the Lid securely and the Hinge is in good condition, when opened it reveals a Beautiful Blue Velvet Interior.
Presenting your card was a way for the occupant, owner or businessman, to know who was calling upon him, or her, and whether they wanted to accept the call, or not. You weren't'visiting' people, you were'calling' on them.
Almost everybody who could afford them, had calling cards. They could be small, large, medium-sized, plain, or incredibly elaborate. At the very least, cards contained the bearer's name. As card-cutting and printing technology improved with the Industrial Revolution, cards became more and more elaborate and might include not only your name, but also your address, any professional, courtesy, military or aristocratic ranks or titles, your occupation.
And by the early 1900s - things like your telephone number. It was around this time that the line that once separated'calling cards' and'business cards' started becoming more and more blurred, and nowadays, they're usually one and the same. In an age before voicemail, emails and paging, calling cards were a way to leave a discrete, neat, polite message, if you called on someone, and they weren't available. You left your card, to show that you had been there.
You might even write a message on the back, to indicate when you might return, how the recipient might contact you, or the reason for your call. Calling cards became such a fixture of polite society and proper business relations that almost as soon as cards could be manufactured in abundance, card-carriers started needing to find ways to store their cards. It wouldn't do to keep them stuffed into your pockets or crammed into your wallet along with the shilling coins, half-crowns, silver dollars and dimes - oh no! To hand over a wrinkled, marked, torn or otherwise imperfect card was a huge faux-pas!It was for this reason that card-cases were invented. Showcase your items with Auctiva's. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Card Cases". The seller is "all_fine_antiques" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.