19C British Ladies Brass Pocket Notebook

19C British Ladies Brass Pocket Notebook.

Pictures do not do a service to this cute little notepad/notebook from the late 19th Century.

19C British Ladies Brass Pocket Notebook.

Made of brass…..complete with original pencil and notepad…….beautifully chased………beautifully designed as a lady’s compendium…….so cute…….and RARE AS HEN’S TEETH  !

The case is spring hinged with the pencil acting as the locking mechanism. Remove the pencil to reveal the original paper notepad inside.

The case has a loop for attaching to a purse or most likely a fob.

From circa 1870.

VICTORIAN CUSTOMS: After introductions, visits or “calls” came next in the first round of the proper Victorian social sequence.

Visiting or calling hours were limited, and most sensibly, to a restricted time in the afternoon. No one not privileged, on pressing business, or extremely intimate, would think of invading a household before three o’clock. The custom of restricting hours to certain parts of days, and then to certain days of the week, was started in self-preservation to prevent callers from spreading themselves into whole days — some calling in the mornings, others in the afternoons, still others evenings, and all on any day in the week. Consequently, no one could be offended when refused at half-past two on a Tuesday, when “Mondays, three to six,” is plainly engraved on a carte de visite.

Victorian Calling Card Case: The accepted rule was to stay only fifteen minutes at a first call, unless, of course, the visitor was urged to stay longer for some special reason. It was an equally good rule to depart as the room became crowded and talking grew more difficult, or at least to relinquish one’s place near the hostess. Tea was universally served on calling days in all well-regulated houses. If the visitor was obliged to arrive very early, say at three o’clock, it was good form to decline the offer of tea made specially for them, not only because of the unseasonable hour, but because it made a great deal of trouble.

The visitor placed their card on a convenient place in the hall, or on a tray the servant held out, and then mentioned their name to the manservant, if there was one. A man or a maid usually took the card on a tray, and stood holding the curtains aside, for the visitor to enter, speaking their name audibly at the same time.
By the late 1890s, the custom of turning up (or down) corners of cards was no longer followed; nor was it considered necessary for a card to be left for each member of a large family, except on most formal occasions. Ladies who drove when they paid visits usually had a very heavy wrap on in cold weather, which they then would leave in the carriage. But when walking in a thick jacket, it was allowable, more comfortable, and certainly healthier, to take it off in the hall.

A gentleman did exactly the same as a woman, except that he took off his overcoat, if he wore one, in the hall. He would also deposit his hat and stick outside. The drawingroom was no place for the hat; and of course the hat and stick would stay together.

A gentleman must be asked to call, before he could venture to do so. He would then call as soon as possible after the invitation was given. Subsequently, if it was a family who entertained often and if his visit had been agreeable, he would receive an invitation to dinner. After, he would call again within a week, and then he would become an “acquaintance” who could be summoned for informal occasions, etc. This rule was not for young girls, whose mothers would be required to do the asking.

Although business men could not pay visits very easily in the afternoons, there was really no excuse for men’s delinquencies, especially, and above all, if they had accepted invitations or favors of any sort from ladies. He was then obliged to find half an hour out of the week or visit on Sunday — few houses were closed to visitors Sunday afternoons. On an ordinary week day, he was permitted to call in a brown, blue or any colored coat, fancy waistcoat, and derby hat, and could be admitted up to six o’clock.

Link: http://www.victoriana.com/Etiquette/victorianetiquette.html

19C British Ladies Brass Pocket Notebook.

Provenance: Bought at an Antique Market in London.

Dimensions: 2.25″ long x 1.70″ Wide

Condition: Very good.

Price NOW: $360.

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