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Wooden "lap desk" Dance Card - Concordia Ball. N. Schweritz & Carl Czada.Vienna Austria.1900
 Wooden "lap desk" Dance Card - Concordia Ball. N. Schweritz & Carl Czada.Vienna Austria.1900


 
Price: $200.00

Product Code: 29001356

Description
 
A 4" x 4 1/4" miniature wooden lap desk dance card with gilt imprint on wood announcing the date. A feather quill pen at top. Padded satin dance card (the base of the lap desk) with pencil topped with a bone ball closure. Tasseled string tie at top and base with hasp for placement on a chatelaine or waist band. 8 pp. Printed in gold ink. Over 30 dances in Order of Dancing.  The dance was held at Sofiensaal concert hall.. After the journalists and writers association 'Concordia' was established in 1859, it was agreed that the occasion deserved its own ball. On January 19th 1863, the first 'Concordia Ball' was held at the Sofiensäle. The ball soon became an annual highlight in the calendars of Viennese society. From its conception, it was visited by figures from politics, society and art. In its second year was referred to in the 'Morning Post' as the 'crown of elite balls'. Until the 50th Anniversary Ball in 1914, the only year in which the Concordia Ball did not take place was 1889 following the death of Crown Prince Rudolf, who regularly frequented the ball. After the First World War and the collapse of the monarchy, the importance of the Concordia Ball waned. In the early 1930s the ball fell prey to the tumultuous political and economic conditions. After the 'Anschluss', Press Club Concordia was forcibly disbanded by the Nazis. Despite the reactivation of Press Club Concordia after the war, the mood to hold a ball was not quick to return.