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1862 Civl War Era Union Playing Cards

SKU: EP1951MB

Availability: In stock

$2,250.00

Quick Overview

A pack of 52 patriotic Union 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 during the term of presidential Abraham Lincoln. Each card is 3 ½”h x 2 ½”w, printed in blue and red on recto and blue on reverse. Housed in original telescoping cardboard box with printed wraps, the interior of the box still retaining the original revenue stamp. Benjamin W. Hitchcock, UNION PLAYING CARDS. New York: American Card Company, 1862.

Identifed by the manufacturer on the box as the first and only Genuine American Cards ever produced.

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Historical Notes

The Union Cards are calculated to play all the Games for which the old style of Playing Cards are used. The suits are EAGLES, SHIELDS, STARS, and FLAGS, GODDESS OF LIBERTY in place of Queen, COLONEL for King, MAJOR for Jack. In playing with these Cards, they are to be called by the names the emblems represent, and as the Emblems are as familiar as household words, everywhere among the American people, they can be used as readily the first occasion as Cards bearing Foreign emblems.”

Additional Information

Historical Notes The Union Cards are calculated to play all the Games for which the old style of Playing Cards are used. The suits are EAGLES, SHIELDS, STARS, and FLAGS, GODDESS OF LIBERTY in place of Queen, COLONEL for King, MAJOR for Jack. In playing with these Cards, they are to be called by the names the emblems represent, and as the Emblems are as familiar as household words, everywhere among the American people, they can be used as readily the first occasion as Cards bearing Foreign emblems.”
Condition used
Product Condition Minor soiling to cards. Box soiled, rubbed and scuffed, with minor losses to wraps but intact
size 3 1/2 x 2 1/2"
Price $2,250.00

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