19C Anglo Indian Ebony Calling Card Case

19C Anglo Indian Ebony Calling Card Case.

Pretty 19th Century Anglo-Indian hand-carved wooden calling card case……circa 1880.

Floral and bird carving……complete with 3 original calling cards still inside the case……Mr. William Varley of Huddersfield, UK.

Dark wood….possibly ebony.

Interior covered in dark blue velvet.

VICTORIAN CALLING CARD ETHIQUETTE: It is generally understood that women leave their husband’s cards. The custom is for a married woman calling formally on another married woman to leave one of her own and two of her husband’s cards, one of his being for the hostess, the other for her husband….
• As a rule, it is impossible to do more than make a single call a year on acquaintances in large cities, and this is supposed to be sufficient…
• Occasions when other calls are obligatory. After a wedding breakfast, a luncheon, a dinner, a card party, or any evening entertainment to which one has been invited, a call should be made after the event whether one has accepted or not….
• When an invitation to a church wedding, or a marriage announcement, is received, it is necessary to send cards to those in whose name it was issued and to the newly married pair…
• In large cities it is usual to leave cards when attending an afternoon tea…
• It is bad form to write “regrets” or “accepts” on a card. A note of reply must be written in acknowledgement of an invitation…
• It is unreasonable to fancy that one’s acquaintance is not desired because a call has not been returned promptly. There are many reasons for delayed calls. Illness in the family, absence from town, many occupations, may prevent the best-intentioned persons from making calls….
• If an acquaintance calls after a long delay it is a duty to welcome her cordially… to hasten to accept any explanation she may offer and not to allude to it again….

Link: http://www.victoriana.com/callingcards/

19C Anglo Indian Ebony Calling Card Case.

Provenance: Part of our Extensive Anglo-Indian Collection.

Dimensions: 3.7′ x 2.5′ (0.25″ thick)

Condition: Near Mint.

Price Now: $250

19C Anglo-Indian Card Case

19C Anglo-Indian Greeting Card Case - Greeting Cards of W. Varley, Huddersfield

19C Anglo-Indian Greeting Card Case

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