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Card case in case

Card case in case
Title
Card case in case
Date 
1865-1866
Medium 
Silver, leather, velvet, silk
Dimensions 
Overall (card case): 4 1/8 x 3 1/2 x 3/8 in. (10.5 x 8.9 x 1 cm) Case: 5 1/4 x 4 x 7/8 in. (13.3 x 10.2 x 2.2 cm)
Description 
Seamed and cast silver card case; rectangular body with rounded corners and sides; shield-shaped, hinged lid with rounded sides and a bezel; cast cherubim with foliate legs, holding rings applied to the sides; rings attach to a circular link chain; each side of the body engraved with flowers and foliate scrolls around heart-shaped reserves; front reserve engraved, "C E A" in gothic script; maker's marks stamped on the bezel; ovoid, red leather case with tooled decoration on the domed lid; hinged down one side with two metal hook and eye clasps on the opposite side; lid lined with white silk; molded bottom lined with green velvet; retailers sticker applied to the underside.
Credit Line 
Gift of Miss Catherine B. Canda
Object Number 
1979.110ab
Marks 
engraved: in reserve: "C E A" in gothic script stamped: on the bezel: lion passant, anchor, "G" printed: on retailer's sticker: "487 Broadway * corner Broome Street./ WM. GALE & SON/ British Sterling/ SILVER WARE/ NEW YORK."
Gallery Label 
This card case belonged to Catherine Emeline Abeel (1841-1915), the daughter of John H. Abeel and the grandmother of the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group