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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Australian silver card case by Jm Wendt, satin finish with engraved maiden hair and other fern design, hallmarked Wendt, Ex Bonython Family, Adelaide, size 90 x 63mm.

Sterling silver card case, embossed Castle scene Birmingham 1838 maker Nathaniel Mills (with hand written card inside M.L Allport 6 Elboden Place) Provenance: Allport Family

English hallmarked sterling silver Edward VII calling card case having a rectangular body in the shape of an envelope, with hand-engraved floral work, a vacant cartouch, a blue velvet lined interior & a hinged spring lid. Birmingham, 1904, maker Willia

English hallmarked sterling silver Edward VII calling card case having a rectangular body with hand-engraved stag, floral & scroll decoration, a vacant central cartouch, & a side-hinged lid. Birmingham, 1901, maker Crisford & Norris Ltd

Early sterling silver card case with hallmarks for Birmingham 1830, made by 'Joseph Willmore'

A sterling silver card case, of rectangular form, engraved 'Kozminsky'.

A silver card case, floral and bird engraving. Unmarked.

A Tiffany & Co silver card case, rectangular case, leaf and bamboo border, Tiffany & Co 2002. Comes with original box and pouch.

An Edward VII silver card case, cherubs in repousse, scalloped edges, Henry Matthews, Birmingham, 1907. Weight 76.6g.

A Victorian engine turned silver card case with shaped border. Birmingham 1875 by George Unite. Length 9.5 cm

An antique mother-of-pearl card case, 19th century, the diamond tiled case with a central silver lozenge with a vacant cartouche and engraved floral design, with a solid clasp and hinge and original blue lining, length 10.5 cm, width 7.5 cm

Edwardian sterling silver card case, hallmarked Birmingham 1901, with fitted interior in good condition, 10.8 cm x 8 cm, 117 grams

Silver card case with wings to top, stamped 800, 89grams approx

Silver card case with fleur-de-lis motif by Howard and Co (later Tiffanys) sterling

A George V silver card case, machine turned detail, vacant cartouche; Stuart Dawson & Co Ltd, Chester, 1913.

Antique Victorian sterling silver card case, marked 1872, FM, Birmingham, approx 7 cm x 9 cm, 53g

Antique silver card case, with leather lining, 9.5 cm x 7 cm approx., total weight 76g approx.

English hallmarked sterling silver Edward VII calling card case having a shaped rectangular body with hand-engraved floral decoration, & a side-hinged lid. Birmingham, 1903, maker Joseph Gloster Ltd. Condition good, minor age related wear. Dimensions 9

Sterling silver slim line cigarette / card case Birmingham 1933, maker SB&S, Weight: approx 44.45 grams

An Edwardian sterling silver calling card case, 1903 Birmingham, with maker's mark for William E. Turner, engraved and bright cut with scrollwork, opening to an emerald moire silk-lined interior with pockets for calling cards and stamps, with an attach

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

Tortoiseshell & mother of pearl calling card case having rounded edges, a velvet lined interior, with an inlaid unmarked silver cartouche, & a working button clasp. Condition, good to fair, minor losses to the shell. Dimensions, 10 x 7.6 x 1.2 cm

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

HMS silver card case with engine turned and engraved decoration initialed A.R., hallmarked Birmingham 1899, 4.8 x 8 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