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    Silver Mitchell and Tyler Calling Card Case. Mitchell and Tyler of Richmond, Virginia was the leading jeweler before the Civil War and during the conflict as it manufactured thousands of high quality uniform accouterments for the new Confederate Army. This sterling silver calling card case was designed to hold what were the forerunners of the carte de visite photographs popularized during the war, calling cards that bore a photographic image of the individual. The more wealthy citizens of Richmond would purchase such calling cards along with their regularly engraved paper cards to give to important people.

    This card case measures 2½" x 3½" and is highly engraved. On the front is a lake scene with a fortress on an island and a sailing ship. There is horizontal striping engraved on the front and back with the reverse having a scroll device at the center. The hinged lid works perfectly and seals tightly. The Mitchell and Tyler hallmark cartouche is inside the rim of the case where the lid closes.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum


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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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