In the late 18th and 19th century, an aide memoire (French for "memory aid") was a notebook that recorded information that was important to the owner. The notebook was housed in a decorative case of silver, ivory, mother of pearl, lambskin, tortoise shell and other exotic materials. Sometimes the pages were of ivory so the notes could be erased and the pages reused. The aide-mémoire often included clips or chains that the owner could attach to their clothing or accessories.
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