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Browse our collection of antique silver Card Cases, Cigar Cases and Cigarette Cases

Card Cases. The visiting or calling card was an essential accessory to any proper Regency or Victorian lady or gentleman. The cards, supplied by the local printer in small batches, served not just as a letter of introduction or aide memoire, but also as an indicator of social class and good manners. They became an indispensable tool of etiquette with sophisticated rules governing their use. Some visiting cards included refined engraved ornaments, embossed lettering, and fantastic coats of arms however, the standard form of visiting card in the 19th century in the United Kingdom was a plain card with nothing more than the bearer’s name on it.

Sometimes the name of a gentleman’s club might be added, but addresses were not otherwise included. Visiting cards were kept in highly decorated card cases which were status-enhancing accessories themselves.

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Cases

Browse our collection of antique silver Card Cases, Cigar Cases and Cigarette Cases

Card Cases. The visiting or calling card was an essential accessory to any proper Regency or Victorian lady or gentleman. The cards, supplied by the local printer in small batches, served not just as a letter of introduction or aide memoire, but also as an indicator of social class and good manners. They became an indispensable tool of etiquette with sophisticated rules governing their use. Some visiting cards included refined engraved ornaments, embossed lettering, and fantastic coats of arms however, the standard form of visiting card in the 19th century in the United Kingdom was a plain card with nothing more than the bearer’s name on it.

Sometimes the name of a gentleman’s club might be added, but addresses were not otherwise included. Visiting cards were kept in highly decorated card cases which were status-enhancing accessories themselves.

  • Circa 1840

     

    9600 Antique Dutch Silver Box

    £225

    An antique silver table snuff box with hinged lid and silver string decoration overall. Original gilt interior. Weight 179 grams, 5.7 troy ounces. Height 2.7 cm. Top 12.8 x 7.7 cm. Stamped with Dutch silver marks. Circa 1840.

  • 1886

     

    7481 Antique Silver Card Case

    £875

    An antique sterling silver card case with hinged top and all over embossed scroll decoration. To the front there is a deep relief representation of the Scott Memorial in Edinburgh, Scotland. On the back there is a vacant central cartouche. Weight 70 grams. Height 10 cm. Width 7 cm. Birmingham 1886. Makers mark indistinct.

  • Circa 1920

     

    7499 Antique Estonian Silver Cigarette Case

    £595

    A handsome antique silver cigarette case with a large embossed plaque of a horse to the front. Original gilt interior and stone mounted catch. Good heavy quality and useful large size. Weight 163 grams, 5.2 troy ounces. Height 11 cm. Width (closed) 8 cm. Marked inside on both flaps with Estonian silver stamps. Circa 1920.

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