This lovely tortoise shell and ivory card case inlaid with floral panels of silver and mother of pearl is circa 1850s.
Measures 7cm wide x 9.5cm tall.
Card cases were for storing 'visiting or calling cards' which were used to leave if the person they were visiting was not at home. By the 19th century these calling cards were personalised for both men and women to maintain their social status to move up in society. These cards were similar to a business card today and featured the name of the owner, and at times their adress.