|Title:||Antique Playing Cards|
|Description:||Hand printed and colored deck of playing cards with three cards missing from the deck. The deck dates to the Victorian and Revival movement period as based upon the combination of images and their costumes. They are not signed by any specific firm. Most notable is the inclusion of Grotesques or oddly shaped figures from european myths and folklores on the 6 of hearts and the face of being on the 10 of spades. They are in stable and good condition, but are extremely fragile and should not be played with. A good idead would be to have them framed.|
|Condition:||Only missing King of Spades and 3 of Spades. Worn, a few creased and one with a small chip.|
|Origin:||My best friend acquired them many years ago. She recently passed away and I was lucky enough to acquire them.|
|Appraised By:||Rachael Goldman|
|Appraiser Comments:||This is quite a treasure because they are no longer being made. They are important as an example of material culture as well as an art form. They have a Victorian era flair about them just about the time that orientalism had hit which explains for the combinations of the costumes, especially since 3 men are wearing red fezs. The predominant colors of red, yellow, black and white suggest a few things about the availability to print colors as well. It is not possible to determine which printing press made these antique card for several reasons, they simply aren't signed. As much as games are a part of our society, so too they were part of the printed development. I am recommending an excellent book that helped me in determining the history of your deck: Antique Playing Cards : A Pictorial History (Paperback) by Henry Rene D'Allemagne These decks were actually produced for the gentry and were catered to the women's market, this is especially noted by some of the more lascivious and saucier scenes with the king of diamonds. Each has their own particular story and may have been based upon historical figures in the form of farce. I'd have to see the deck up close. It was a sincere pleasure to look at your set and it may benefit from some research in person.|
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