Delicate century violin-shaped dance card, made of Dresden china & ivory. A gold pencil was hidden in the body of the violin. (in museum collection at Musée Cognacq-Jay in Paris Cognacq-Jay) of two pins]
Ever so fancy faeries carried carnet de bals such as this to record the names of promising dance partners at laye night soirées. 1770 - 1820 Antique French Necessaire, Mother of Pearl Etui - Palais Royal 'D'Amitie' Carnet du Bal
The dance card, the programme du bal or Carnet de bal, is a booklet with a decorative cover which lists dance titles, composers, and provides a place to write in the name of the gentleman a lady intends to have as a partner for each specific dance.