I've had this for decades, one of my favorite little French bits, a beautiful early to mid 1800s aide d'memoire (the forerunner of both the Daytimer and our smart phones). These little palm size note pads came with an annual calendar, sometimes a weekly calendar as well as the silk moire covered notebook which remains in this one. Into it one would jot one's schedule for the week ahead, names and callers, and important appointments for social events. This one has wonderful natural shell, and Sweet older portrait miniatures which would date to 1700s - perhaps ancestors of the person who a few generations later had them thus mounted? The portraits are a good 80 years earlier than the aide d'memoire. It is not a perfect piece, just one I've loved more than its likely value, so kept it. Time now to disburse a lifetime's collections! Full measurements are noted on the photos.
Good to very good condition for age and type. The actual cover panels of fine old tortoise shell are in great shape, but I'm quite sure the one with a gentleman, who looks somehow Northern European to me, should have a matching pressed brass border frame as you see on the front panel with the lady's portrait. I could be wrong, but it seems it ought to have one. Both of the old cover glass panels are in place and without damage. In many ways it seems very cared for, and yet that interior silk has not fared as well. The interior silk is faded and a bit tattered. Not so much on the notebook insert, but the lining to the little book's cover. You see what I mean. There is a silk slip on the inner spine into which a stylus or pencil would have once been tucked. The full measurements are noted on the photos.
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