Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount
Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount
Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount
Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount
Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount
Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount
Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount
Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount
Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount
Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount

Antique French Mother of Pearl Palais Royal Carnet du Bal, Aide d'Memoire, c.1820s Gold Mount

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Gold fitting, lovely old treasure which might have been worn on a chatelaine or a silver chain or silk ribbon, likely had a small chain attaching it to a stylus, it would have been a spot to jot down notes, names - like a carnet du bal, into which one would note the dance number and name of the gentleman next to each as dances were spoken for at a formal ball. Sometimes called a dance card, these were often provided to each woman, to be used at the ball, and then kept as a souvenir. 

Very good to excellent condition for age and type (c.1820s). One flaw: it would have originally had a small 18k gold medallion with kiln-fired enamel flower centering the front cartouche. You can see where it was fitted into a small recess, which is now empty. Beautifully crafted, ornately engraved pattern, very nicely preserved, it has only very miniscule nips on a couple of corners. There is just 2 note sheets inside on this one, and the baled fitting only allows for the depth of 2 so we know it was originally this way.  Beautiful panels of pearlescent shimmer in rainbow of colors. NOTE: Shown on silk embroidery panels which are there just to add color. The little note card is what you're buying. Needlework is not included.