Proper etiquette governed the social life of the Victorian and Edwardian era. A calling card was part of that ritual in society and so was the card case or holder to keep the cards at hand. In the Art Nouveau style, this black celluloid holder / notebook is inlaid with silver on the front cover.
A shield, surrounded by scrolls and flowers, decorate the center of the case. Two bands of silver stripe the border. Each corner is accented with a flower. Inside covers are lined in pink moire silk. On the one side, a pocket for storing calling cards. There are several blank paper pages for notes plus several heavier card pages with the days of the week printed in French. There is only one written message on one of the pages.
Size of the case is 2-1/2" wide x 3-3/4" long. Thickness is 1/4".
Condition: Holder tabs for a small pencil but missing the pencil. Spine of the book is green velvet (probably a very narrow ribbon) but has shredded /pulled away from the one side. Possibly a little TLC could fix this some. The shredding of the ribbon has left the covers somewhat loose but still intact.
A very interesting antique from the Edwardian era.