Object detail

Dance Card and Pencil, the rectangle dance card is attached to a small metal propelling pencil by a gold coloured ribbon. The card has handwriting in pencil on once surface. The inscription has both numbers and words but only the numbers are legible.
CH classification DOCUMENTS
CH classification PERSONAL EFFECTS
L545 x W55 x H5 mm
Media/Materials description
Ribbon made of a silk (Textile), Card/Cardboard (Paper), Indeterminate (Metals - Indeterminate)
<Handwritten in italics on the back of the Dance Card. The writing is illegible.> 249...
History and use
Dance cards relate to the formal social life of the middle and upper classes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

A dance card is used by a woman to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she intends to dance each successive dance at a formal ball.

This particular card is believed to a debutante’s dance card and pencil.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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