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Automobilisten Pic-Nic Continental.  März 1903 Automobilisten-Pick-Nick.  Hotel Continental
1 Automobilisten Pic-Nic Continental. März 1903 Automobilisten-Pick-Nick. Hotel Continental
Wien Buchwald 1903 Vellum Very Good 
9 by 5 cm. Silk moire endpaper on rear. Folded card sheet pasted onto front inside cover. This would appear to have been a short dance, as there were only four dances listed, with an intermission between the third and fourth dance. Dance was held at the Hotel Continental. We render the title twice as the spelling of Pic-Nic is given differently inside and out. With the original slender pencil, with an ivory or bone top piece, and strap. Condition: moderate wear to the vellum. Age toning to the card. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Dance Card as Small Leather Folder
2 Dance Card as Small Leather Folder
1896 Full Leather 
9 by 6 cm. Small leather insignia, possibly initials, in corner of front cover. Four pockets inside, one with card inside which has pencilled in names of dances. This also has pencilled in date. Green calf outside and in, with gold silk backing inside. Also gold twine with a ring attached. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Elaborate Dance Card Sample from the "Fancy Order of Dance", Brooklyn, New York, circa 1880
3 Elaborate Dance Card Sample from the "Fancy Order of Dance", Brooklyn, New York, circa 1880
NA Fine 
Highly unusual layered sample card, with elaborate "Dresden"-style decoration on the front, featuring a butterfly, lace faux flowers, wax leaves, several blue beetle figures, ribbons and a wax hand, all atop gilt lace. The card itself is standard size, nearly 12 by 8.5 cm, and it opens to a blank page on the recto where information about a particular dance, its sponsors and sequences would be furnished, and on the facing verso we are given the name of the business, Fancy Order of Dance, and its Brooklyn address, and nothing more. This all comes in a plain box, which being in an excellent state of preservation, has also done its job preserving the delicate card all this time. The card was also protected by typical tissue paper 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Studenten-Ball.  4.  Februar 1896
4 Studenten-Ball. 4. Februar 1896
Wien 1896 Full Morocco Very Good 
A relief impression of the main building of the University of Vienna serves as the centerpiece on the front cover of this dance card. Oblong, 7.5 by 11.5 cm. Unpaginated, 46 leaves, with print only on rectos other than first leaf, when also on verso. Following the obligatory listing of dances, the pages have short poems, apercus and/or maxims possibly suggested by the faculty member whose name is given on the top of these pages. This student ball appears to have included students from different schools within the university. With the original thin pencil which serves to seal the booklet closed, and string attached to a metal hook and another, to a metal coin-like piece with a clover design within. Silk moire endpapers. Condition: light tan morocco has soiling, especially on and by spine. One dark spine on spine. Still a handsome dance card. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Wählerliste des Wähler-Vereines im ersten Bezirke
5 Wählerliste des Wähler-Vereines im ersten Bezirke
Wien January, 1903 Vellum Very Good 
63 by 48 mm. 12 pp. First two with photos of we assume local politicians -- ward heads, we would surmise the American equivalent. Then six pages with four dances listed per page. Paper pastedown on boards. Silk fabric spine. Twined cords with tassels, and a brass pin attached to a separate cord. The brass piece shows a Renaissance era guard or sentry holding a banner. With original slender pencil which as typical, holds the booklet closed. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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[Dance Card] Bürgerball des VIII Gemeinde-Bezirkes Josefstadt.  Sale Zum Grunen Thor, 11 Februar 1885.
6 [Dance Card] Bürgerball des VIII Gemeinde-Bezirkes Josefstadt. Sale Zum Grunen Thor, 11 Februar 1885.
Wien (Vienna) Aug. Klein 1885 Near Fine 
A most unusual dance card from the capital of the waltz during its heyday! On the front is mounted a miniature leaf a day calendar, this calendar bound with a colored pattern satin. The calendar begins on February 11, the day of the particular ball, and continues until the end of the year. This calendar is mounted onto a stiff leather card base, through which a string with the requisite tassel and brass hook are attached. On the other side of the leather piece is the dance card proper, held closed by a thin pencil, and with a cover of silk. One opens the dance card to find a title page, followed by blanks onto which the danseuse would have entered her dance commitments for the evening. This particular card has never been used, and so the pencil, the calendar, the dance card itself, is in wonderful shape, with subtraction from pristine solely the inevitable toll from the passage of time. Measures, at tallest, 70 mm, and about 44 mm wide. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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7 [Dance Card] Party Hat Shaped Dance Card

Exquisite, highly unusual novelty dance card. 9.5 cm tall, 3.5 cm diameter at base. You pull a thin string at base to draw out the list of 18 dances for the evening, divided into two parts. On the side of the hat is the monogram "ZS", the two letters interlocked. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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8 Bauer, Julius. Illustrator: Alfred Gerstenbrand [Dance Card] Concordia-Ball, 10. Februar 1930. [Containing within slipcase the book] Wiener Spazierreime aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart
Wien 1930 Cloth slipcase. Paper pastedown on boards for bo Near Fine 
12mo. 17.5 by 11.5 cm. 240 pp. Full of light verse and illustrated with cartoons that have a distinctly mid-20th century sensibility and style. Condition: slipcase with light wear. Gold threads holding the dance card proper now somewhat frayed, with break, and the dance card booklet missing. The book itself is in fine shape. Also with inscribed card relating to the dance. Card decorated with musical staffs. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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XI. Margarethener Costüm-Kränzchen der Vereinigsten Christen im Bez. (Luegerkränzchen), Hillibrand, Karl and Franz Mauer
9 Hillibrand, Karl and Franz Mauer XI. Margarethener Costüm-Kränzchen der Vereinigsten Christen im Bez. (Luegerkränzchen)
Margareten, Wien Hermann Scheibe January 31, 1903 Full Leather Very Good 
A dance card organized by the political leadership of Margareten, which is the neighborhood in Vienna not far from the old city. Oblong, 9 by 14 cm. 27 leaves. Photos of leaders, and of old buildings in the neighborhood. Unusual chamois (we think) binding, with gilt stamped lettering and Art Nouveau floral decoration. With original slender pencil, with ivory or bone top piece, used also to clasp the booklet, as typical. RIbbons attached. No longer with a clasp or hook at end of ribbon. Condition: light sunning to cover. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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