Visiting Card Trays Photos

In Victorian times visitors to upscale homes would present a visiting card like a simpler version of a modern business card. Manners required the card to be placed on tray, so silversmiths started producing elaborately designed visiting card holders.

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Receptacle which Roosevelt family picked up on tour of Egypt & used for calling cards at Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace. New York, NY.Calling card tray made of steel with silver plate, gift from the Iron Workers of America & used at White House at William McKinley Presidential Museum & Library. Canton, OH.Silver visiting card holder at Chateau-sur-Mer. Newport, RI.Stephen F. Austin's calling card case at San Jacinto Monument museum. San Jacinto, TX.
Receptacle which Roosevelt family picked up on tour of Egypt & used for calling cards at Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace. New York, NY.Calling card tray made of steel with silver plate, gift from the Iron Workers of America & used at White House at William McKinley Presidential Museum & Library. Canton, OH.Silver visiting card holder at Chateau-sur-Mer. Newport, RI.Stephen F. Austin's calling card case at San Jacinto Monument museum. San Jacinto, TX.
Calling card holder at Kellum-Noble House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.Silver calling card case at McFaddin-Ward House. Beaumont, TX.Bowl on sculpted metal base, possibly a calling card holder, at Earle-Napier-Kinnard House. Waco, TX.Calling card tray at Fort House. Waco, TX.
Calling card holder at Kellum-Noble House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.Silver calling card case at McFaddin-Ward House. Beaumont, TX.Bowl on sculpted metal base, possibly a calling card holder, at Earle-Napier-Kinnard House. Waco, TX.Calling card tray at Fort House. Waco, TX.
Fruit stand in shape of leaf by Meriden Silver Plate Co. of Meriden, CT at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Silver calling card tray plated waterbird design by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. of Wallingford, CT at Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, CT.Calling card tray with lizard by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. of Wallingford, CT at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Calling card tray with heron by Meriden Britannia Co. of Meriden, CT at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.
Fruit stand in shape of leaf (c1875) by Meriden Silver Plate Co. of Meriden, CT at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Silver calling card tray plated waterbird design (c1880) by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. of Wallingford, CT at Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, CT.Calling card tray with lizard (c1880) by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. of Wallingford, CT at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Calling card tray with heron (c1880) by Meriden Britannia Co. of Meriden, CT at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.
Silverplated calling card tray with grasshopper at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Calling card tray with bird by Pairpoint Manuf. Co. of New Bedford, MA at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Calling card tray with bird by James W. Tufts of Boston, MA at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Calling card tray with flowers by Meriden Britannia Co. of Meriden, CT at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.
Silverplated calling card tray with grasshopper (c1885) at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Calling card tray with bird (c1885) by Pairpoint Manuf. Co. of New Bedford, MA at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Calling card tray with bird (c1885) by James W. Tufts of Boston, MA at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Calling card tray with flowers (c1885) by Meriden Britannia Co. of Meriden, CT at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.

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