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An extremely rare Jeu de Geographie

Though a standard deck can be used to play the Jeu de Geographie, Covens & Mortier also issued a special deck of cartographic cards designed for the game (Only the “Grand Tartarie” card is present here.)  The text provides the rules of the game and a brief descriptive geography of 52 regions of the world, […]

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Rare geographical card game

A very rare geographical card game featuring cartographic playing cards representing each of the states and territories. The game involves 52 cards, divided into Eastern, Southern, Middle and Western sections, each including twelve state/territory cards plus a city card. Each state card features an outline map depicting rivers, major bodies of water, and the capital, along with […]

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“The Game of Fortifications”

An early, attractive, and scarce sheet of playing cards designed for military education. The sheet comprises 52 illustrated playing cards numbered sequentially, with a 53rd panel labeled “Place Complete.” The cards employ the French suits, each bearing an illustration depicting some aspect of fortifications along with a brief explanatory text. Along the top of the […]

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Rare educational game for teaching American geography

A very rare educational game featuring cartographic playing cards representing each of the states and territories. The game involves 52 cards, divided into Eastern, Southern, Middle and Western sections, each including twelve state/territory cards plus a city card. Each state card features an outline map depicting rivers, major bodies of water, and the capital, along […]

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Das Festung Baues Spiel: An early military card game

An early, attractive, and scarce sheet of playing cards designed for educating players in the basics of defensive fortification. Das Festung Baues Spiel comprises 52 engraved playing cards numbered sequentially. The cards use the French suits, an image of a fortification, many rather intricate and some quite attractive, along with a paragraph of explanatory text. Along the […]

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Extremely rare pack of Sabbath School Cards

A rare pack of Sabbath School cards intended to serve as inexpensive visual aids for instruction in Scripture. The cards include one with 12 vignettes and their Biblical references; “Moses with the Tables of the Law;” “The Lord’s Prayer;” “Family Descent of Christ from Adam;” seven map and plan cards depicting the Near East, Palestine, […]

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Mid-19th century hand drawn playing cards

Hand-drawn pictorial playing cards for an Old Maid-style game

A charming deck of hand-painted mid-19th century educational playing cards, each with delicate ink and/or watercolor drawings and ornamentation. The deck consists of a card of rules and 13 sets of four cards each. Each set comprises a title card listing an occupation—such as “Astronomers,” “Naval Men” and “Statesmen”—and three additional cards, each featuring a […]

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Jazaniah Ford "Lafayette" playing cards

1824-24 pack of “Lafayette” playing cards by Jazaniah Ford

An early and rare pack of Jazaniah Ford playing cards commemorating Lafayette’s triumphal return visit to the United States in 1824-25.   In 1824, President James Monroe invited the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the American Revolution and George Washington’s close companion, to the United States as the “nation’s guest.” During the next fourteen months he visited […]

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Rare illustrated broadside advertising the “Union Playing Cards”

An attractive and unrecorded broadside advertisement for Union Playing Cards. Background The New York-based American Card Company introduced its Union Playing Cards in 1862, no doubt to capitalize on patriotic fervor early in the Civil War. The cards eliminated the traditional suits and replaced them with an American eagle, the United States flag, a star, and a […]

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Union Playing Cards from the Civil War era

A pack of patriotic playing cards employing patriotic symbols in lieu of the traditional French suits. Complete with the original box in remarkably intact condition. The cards were published in 1862, no doubt both to exploit and encourage patriotic sentiment in the early years of the Civil War. The back of the box tells the story: “THE […]

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