Ivory Card Case

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This is a carved ivory calling card case from the early 1800s. It was most likely used by a woman to keep the calling cards she would leave when making house calls to friends or family. Calling cards were prevalent during the Victorian era and were often displayed in decorative receivers (or trays) near the front entry of one’s home.
bequest of
James, Catalina Juliana Mason Myers
used by
Mason, Maria Dorado
Credit Line
Estate of Cassie Mason Myers Julian-James
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Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Domestic Furnishings
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American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Related Publication
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America
used in
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
bone, ivory (overall material)
National Museum of American History
Object Name
card case
Object Type
Accessories Carried
Card Case