Ivory memorandum book.

[England?] [s.n.] [between 1750 and 1850]
1 pocket notebook ; 64 x 39 mm.
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An example of an ivory-leaved notebook used for recording memoranda, this "aide memoire" consists of 6 thin blank ivory leaves in ivory case held together by rivet and clasp. When unclasped the 6 ivory leaves can be fanned out. There is a tube shaft on the left side of notebook for holding a pencil stylus (missing in this specimen). Small pocket notebooks of this sort were used in England and America in the18th and 19th centuries to record daily notes and memoranda after which the notes could be transferred to a more permanent form. Any notes written on the ivory leaves could be erased using various methods for removing pencil marks. This ivory leaves of this specimen bear faint stamped numbering rather than the days of the week (Monday-Saturday) as found in similar examples of this type of notebook. Since the verso (inside) of the case was a surface suitable for writing, both sides of the ivory leaves and insides of both the front and back cover are numbered, resulting in a total of 14 pages. The numbering appears (from right to left) on one side of the leaves as 1-7 and 8-14 when notebook is turned over.
The ivory leaves have evidence of use with pencil marks visible but no legible markings.
Penn Provenance:
Formerly owned by Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
Gift of Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg to Peter Stallybrass.
Gift of Peter Stallybrass, 2016.
Schoenberg, Lawrence J, former owner.
Stallybrass, Peter, donor.
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