Dance card

French, used in America
mid-19th century


Object Place: France; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 4.8 x 3.5 x 1cm (1 7/8 x 1 3/8 x 3/8in.) Other (including chain): 9.6 x 3.5 x 1 cm (3 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

52.1307

Medium or Technique

Ivory, mother-of-pearl, and gilt metal

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Personal accessories

A small dance card with ivory leaves still bearing faint lists of names and initials; top carved with central classic bust in medallion, a gilded spring-like case for pencil at left (pencil missing), and broken gilded chain from pin at top.

Handwritten in pencil on one card:
1 quad[rille] - Mr. Amory
1 lancers - ” Loring
Waltz - Mr. Warren
Caled[onian] - Mr. Froth
2 Lancers Mr. Weld
March Mr. Jackson
German [schottische?] ” Loring

Handwritten in pencil on another card:
1 C - F L
2 C - F B
K C - W H
G C - F L
V R - L L
L D C W
P F B
M C N C

Inscription

Handwritten in pencil on one card:
1 quad[rille] - Mr. Amory
1 lancers - " Loring
Waltz - Mr. Warren
Caled[onian] - Mr. Froth
2 Lancers Mr. Weld
March Mr. Jackson
German [schottische?] " Loring

Handwritten in pencil on another card:
1 C - F L
2 C - F B
K C - W H
G C - F L
V R - L L
L D C W
P F B
M C N C

Provenance

Inherited by Misses Aimee and Rosamund Lamb; Gift to the MFA, 1952

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb