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Posted 6 years ago


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This is a Patriotic card case that has been engraved with an Eagle and US Flag.

The original owner was "Alice E. Heidt" and it appears to have been engraved and then stored away for years. It is in pristine condition.

This type of aluminum item was very popular during the Spanish American War of 1898.

I have several other similar patriotic items from the same era-- napkin rings and match holder.

Thanks for looking,



  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking tlmbaran and bellin.

  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks bratjdd.

  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking official.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks amber.

  5. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Hi, Scott. This is a beautiful case! So glad you have it.

    I have been doing research on Rene Lalique's use of aluminum, and note that there was a great deal of fluctuation in the metals markets between 1898 and the years leading up to WWI. However, for part of the period at least, aluminum traded higher than gold. I have an antique dip pen - a penmanship award from 1908 - that was fashioned of aluminum, the most precious metal at the time the pen was commissioned. (I plan to photograph that dip pen and use it as my 'face' on Collectors Weekly - when I finish the Doniphan research). Now, I wonder - was aluminum the most precious of metals when this calling card case was made? I note that it looks like the case might have an alligator lining. I remark also that the item has been finely and skillfully engraved - bright cut engraving. Both of these factors provide further evidence of quality. Is this pure aluminum?

    Besides a sentimental value, other factors that might account for the case’s pristine condition include the following. 1.) It might have been judged too valuable to use. 2.) Pure aluminum is highly malleable, and susceptible to damage....Beautiful case!

    Happy Memorial Day! And thank you for your service.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Happy 4th of JULY!

  7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    Happy Independence Day Scott. Wishing you and yours a Safe and happy day.
  8. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the thoughts kerry-- I hope that you have/ had a great day as well!

  9. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks again mikie.

  10. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks again tony.


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