Gratz Family Collection
Case, Card

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Collection Gratz Family Collection
Description Carved Ivory Calling Card Case monogrammed "RG". Made of ivory, intricately carved with scenes from an Asian garden. Belonged to Rebecca Gratz.
Object Name Case, Card
Provenance Rebecca Gratz was a well known lady of early America , as a philanthropist she consecrated her life and labors to the well-being of her kind, and was the promoter of religious, educational, and charitable institutions for their benefit. As such she was in high demand and during this period of history the elite in society often used a visiting card, also known as a calling card, to announce their presence.

A visiting card is a small paper card with one's name printed on it. They first appeared in China in the 15th century, and in Europe in the 17th century. The footmen of aristocrats and royalty would deliver these first European visiting cards to the servants of their prospective hosts solemnly introducing the arrival of their owners.
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