Saturday, May 1, 2010
They came into vogue around 1850 in the UK and were produced there until about the time of the first World War. Their purpose was to safely and elegantly hold stamps, which came on the scene for the first time in 1840. The wearer would keep a case on his or her person with a few stamps inside, should the urgent need to post a letter arise! This is a great example of how, in Victorian England, even the most mundane item could be transformed into an accessory. The fact that the designers of these things made them look like tiny envelopes is just too much for me. Too much perfection.
I love compartments, Victorian stuff, and little things that snap shut . . . which means I have a serious crush on these little cases. I want one! So does everyone else, apparently (i.e. they are spendy). But I'm going to be patient: I know I'll find one someday.
Posted by Jean Jean Vintage at 8:00 AM