Victorian Ivory and Mother-of-Pearl Aide de Memoir, A

A Wonderful Victorian Ivory and Mother-of-Pearl Aide de Memoir

[AIDE DE MEMOIR]. A Victorian Ivory and Mother-of-Pearl Aide de Memoir. [N.p.: n.d., ca. 1900].

This wonderful fan-type aide de memoir, or day planner, measures 3 1/8 x 1 15/16 inches (80 x 50 mm.) when closed. The front and back covers are of carved mother-of-pearl with scalloped edges. Inside are six pages of ivory, each stamped in blind at the top with the day of the week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (there is no page for Sunday). The page for Monday has a pencilled inscription: “Cecerina Struggles/Ma 1907” and the page for Tuesday has a pencilled inscription: “April 23rd/1910/Sailed in/’S S’ New York.” The verso of the page for Saturday has a pencilled list of names, each with an item name (a gift) checked off beside it. Held together by a gilt metal pin at the bottom and a gilt metal clasp at the top. Tiny sliver chipped from upper left corner of front cover. Otherwise this wonderful example is in very fine condition.

These little notepads were used for general lists for shopping or day to day needs, but were also used as dance card records—what dance with whom and when! This is a wonderful example and would have belonged to someone of wealth—it would not have been cheap and is very well made. The front and back covers are shimmering mother of pearl carved with foliate borders. A sweet little piece from a bygone era and there is really no reason why one could not continue to use it today!

The SS New York, was an ocean liner originally operated by Inman Line and later operated by American Line and the US Navy (as USS Harvard and USS Plattsburg). Constructed by John Brown and Company of Clydebank, Scotland and launched in March 15, 1888, she began her maiden voyage on August 1, 1888. She briefly held the Blue Riband on the eastbound crossing in 1892 until the Cunard liner Campania won it in 1893. The SS New York served for an astonishing 34 years until 1922 when she was sold for scrap. Item #00742

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