Learn about Card Cases

In the early 19th century etiquette dictated that upper class ladies and gentlemen should carry a visiting card, also known as a calling card, being a small paper card, about the size of present day business cards, printed with the individual's details, and often bearing an artistic design.

In 19th century England, the caller or the footmen accompanying the caller (if he or she was very important) would deliver the visiting cards to the servants of their prospective hosts, introducing the arrival of the card bearer.

Card cases solely for the purpose of holding visiting cards were introduced at this time and etiquette dictated that ladies should always carry their cards in a card case, although it was acceptable for a gentleman to carry his cards in the breast pocket of his jacket.

Reflecting the fact that card cases were mainly used by ladies, the designs were feminine in nature.

The early card cases were made of silver and leather with fine gilt tooling. The earliest French cases, c1760, were made of gold, silver and enamel, sometimes with ivory panels or beadwork. more...

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Antique sterling silver card case, with embossed angel decoration, hallmarked Chester 1904, 10.5 cm x 7.5 cm approx.

Early tortoiseshell and silver card case. Engraved silver central cartouche. Height 10 cm

A Victorian sterling silver card case, 1880 Birmingham, with maker's marks for Frederick Marson. the serpentine edged card case engraved throughout with scrolling borders and floral spandrels, centred with a rosette enclosing the initials Ac; hallmarke

English hallmarked sterling silver Victorian calling card case having a shaped rectangular body with hand-engraved floral & geometrical decoration, and a side-hinged lid. Birmingham, 1878, maker Hukin & Health. Condition: good, very minor wear cons

Victorian silver card case, mark of Birmingham, 1885, engraved with leaves and flowers, hallmarked, approx. Weight 76 grams

An Edwardian silver calling card case, engraved scrolled foliate decoration; Henry Matthews, Birmingham, 1912. Weight 47.6g.

Rare Sampson Mordan sterling silver card case, with ivory aide de memoire and pencil to interior, hallmarks London 1909 in original fitted leather case weighs 138grams

Victorian mother of pearl & Abalone calling card case oblong with sterling silver cartouche side hinged opening revealing concertinaed compartments

Sterling silver calling card case all floral engraved shaped oblong with top hinged opening, cartouche engraved with initial 'K from Te Kooti', fitted in leatherette case. Birmingham 1901

Antique sterling silver card case with pull down stamp holder, hallmarked Birmingham 1900

Edwardian sterling silver card case hallmarked Birmingham 1901

HMS silver card case with engraved decoration and Masonic symbol, hallmarked Birmingham 1901, 8 x 5 cm

Victorian sterling silver diary / card case hallmarked Birmingham 1879 (Frederick Marson), 10 cm x 7.4 cm, 95 grams (total), as inspected

English hallmarked sterling silver Victorian calling card case having a shaped rectangular body with hand-engraved floral & geometrical decoration, & a side-hinged lid. Birmingham, 1874, maker T&T. Condition good, minor dents, 9.7 x 7 cm. Weigh

A sterling silver combination card case & aide-memoir, Birmingham (rubbed hallmark), with ivory note sheet

Sterling silver engraved card case hallmarked Sheffield 1902, 8 x 5 cm approx., 42 grams approx.

Antique sterling silver card case, with bright cut engraved central arabesque central medallion, marked Birmingham, 1878, Hukin & Heath approx 55g

EDW VIII hallmarked sterling silver card case. Birm. 1905, maker century & N. Embossed with stag figures & monogrammed, height 10 cm weight 60g

A Martin hall sterling silver combination card case and aide-memoir, Chester 1908 lined in green leather

English hallmarked sterling silver George IV card case with geometric pattern detail & bevelled style edging, with a gilt wash interior inscribed 'Jean, Ye Olde? Fair 'Oxford' Aug 1936'. Birmingham, 1934, maker D Bros. Condition good, minor wear & tarnishi

Antique mother of pearl & silver card case, as inspected

Victorian hallmarked sterling silver card case, hallmarked Birmingham 1881, maker Colen Hewer, Cheshire. Engraved orientalist bird & foliage scenes. Dents. Length 10 cm. Wt. 95g

A Tiffany & Co sterling silver card case, stamped 'Tiffany & Co 925' to reverse, 9 x 5 cm, 56g

A silver filigree card case no marks, attributed to a Birmingham maker

A sterling silver and guilloche enamel card case, English, 20th century, 8 cm wide

English hallmarked sterling silver Edward VII ladies card case having a fold over hinged cover, a ringed chain & two internal compartments with a gilt wash interior, monogrammed 'Pr', Rd. 449639. Birmingham, 1906, maker Elkington & Co Ltd. Condition good,

A sterling silver embossed playing card case. Maker: William Comyns. London 1899. 94gms.

Chinese silver card case with chased scenes of underwater and a family

Chinese export silver card case decorated with cherry blossoms pierced work, approx 8 cm x 7 cm

An Edwardian silver card case, rectangular, engraved; H Hayes, Birmingham, 1901.

A silver card case, plain rectangular with engraved monogram; H.Matthews, Birmingham 1912.

English hallmarked sterling silver Victorian card case engraved with a bird in flight amongst floral motifs, with a gilt wash interior. Chester, 1895, maker Lucas Brothers Ltd. Condition good, minor wear. Length 10.5 cm. Weight 93g

English hallmarked sterling silver Victorian card case etched with fine floral detail, having a fitted case for Charles Snow, Brisbane. Birmingham, 1888, maker Frank moss. Condition good, minor wear. Length 10 cm. Weight 86g

An unusual Art Deco, sterling silver Sovereign holder, card case, early 20th century, probably American. The case has spring action coin holders (half and full sovereign) hinged mirror and spring action card holder 6 x 9 cm; weight 108grams

A silver card case with chain handle by W.G Sothers & Co, Birmingham, 1913

A silver calling card case with pencil by Adie & Lovekin Ltd, Birmingham, 1887

Sterling silver card case by Frederick Marsden, Birmingham 1868

Japanese silver card case approx 7.5 by 8.5 cm closed

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