C is for Case (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

by Lillian Csernica on April 4, 2017


In polite society, if you were anyone at all you carried calling cards, which made card cases among the most essential accessories for both men and women.



Antique Art Nouveau silver card case dated Christmas 1907

In addition to calling cards, ladies of society also had dance cards. When playing the marriage game or just having an evening out, a proper lady had to plan ahead!



Two Austrian dance card cases circa 1901-1902

Smoking was a common habit in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, even among ladies. The flappers of the Roaring ’20s called cigarettes “gaspers,” and kept them in ornate cigarette cases.



Antique Art Nouveau silver and enamel cigarette case



A Russian gun metal and silver Art Nouveau cigarette case, Moscow 1908-1917

For those who carried cigarettes, the natural companion to the cigarette case was the match safe, also known as a “vesta.”


dempseyandbaxter on ebay.com

Gorham Butterfly Woman Sterling Silver Repousse Match Case


American Sterling Silver Vesta




Filed under Art Nouveau, artists, Blog challenges, classics, creativity, fantasy, history, nature, Writing

5 responses to “C is for Case (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

  1. Well, those ‘gasper’ cases make you want to start smoking… even if I’ve never been so incline 😉
    Hey, and you forgot: together with the cigarette case and the match case, they woudl carry a portable ashtray. I have one of those.

    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

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  2. Those are all beautiful pieces of art. My father had a sterling silver cigarette case, once.

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  3. Those items appeal to me even more than the jewelry…especially the card case. Wonder what starts with D??

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