Card holder and cardsMaker:
, British, 1863 - 1944
Material and Medium: silver, gilt, paper
Dimensions: Overall: 70 x 90mm (2 3/4 x 3 9/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: Virtual2007.747-749
This cardholder is made from silver with a gilt interior. It is shaped in the form of a miniature bag, complete with a chain strap. The cardholder can be opened by pushing back the lip shaped, hinged lid. It was donated as part of a collection of objects made and owned by the Sheffield silversmith, George Ellis.
The cardholder contains two personal cards. The first card was owned by Louisa Ellis (née Guest), wife of George Ellis. The name on the card is 'Mrs G Heggs' of Guernsey. This might refer to the daughter of George and Louisa, Winifred Grace Heggs. Winifred was born in Sheffield in 1898, married George Heggs in 1924 in Sheffield, and died in Guernsey in June 1974.
The cardholder was hallmarked in Sheffield in 1930 and is stamped with the maker's mark 'I.S'. Unfortunately, this mark is not registered at Sheffield Assay Office, so we cannot identify the maker.
Information on silversmith's mark courtesy of Sheffield Assay Office.
These objects are part of the George Ellis Collection.