ANTIQUE CARD & TABLE GAMES

Card Games – 1850 - 1900

1854 Alliteration; or, a Prime plan and merry method - Peter Puzzlewig

Alliteration; or, a Prime Plan and Merry Method of producing a Plain and Perfect Pronunciation. (By Peter Puzzlewig).

London : Published by David Ogilvy at his Repository for Rational Toys & Amusements, 7 Southampton Row, [between 1840 and 1846?]

Reference – American Antiquarian Society – A National Research Library of American History, Literature, and Culture has one card listed.
There is also a reference to a version printed by Pease & Warren, c1853 in US (this company appeared to have rebranded a number of English Games at this time).

Counters are distributed to the players. To start the game each player puts two counters into a pool.

A player reads the first tongue-twister: if he hesitates or laughs he must pay two counters to the pool; if he is able to read the tongue-twister clearly he collects a counter.

This appears to have been a book initially, and then presumably made into cards.

 

Alliteration – Condition – Cards are poor – some damage also very discolord – 21 cards (missing P,T,U,X,Y out of 24 (ref World Cat) or probably 26)

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REF:  MIS573

£ 18

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c1880 - Zodiac/Months Collecting Game

An interesting collecting game that we can find no reference to

The set of cards is complete and comprising of
12 signs of the zodiac
12 Months of the year
6 European Countries
5 Professions
5 Coronets
4 Meals

The aim of the game is to collets sets of the cards, by asking for a card that is part of a set that you have.
Interesting with the wide range of number of cards in the sets.

Condition – Cards – Complete – very god condition / Rules card slightly dark than the rest of the cards / no box

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REF:CGM251

£ 85

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c1890 -Notabilities - Woolley & Co

A rare game by woolley & Co – similar in style to Crickette.

By the pictures (and characters) the date is assumed to be between 1885 and 1896 (Bishop of London looks most like Frederick Temple, who was Bishop at this time).  

There are nine sets of six cards, each set refers to people in roles and a Sovereign card – Victoria –  The Queen

Titles are

Music, Literature, The Stage, Royalty (each has 3 ladies and 3 Gentlemen)

Art (5 gentlemen) 

Science, The Church,  The Law ,  Politics (all gentlemen)

Condition – cards ony (54 + 1 cards ie 9 sets of six cards)- no rules or box – mainly very good condition – but one with some paper loss, one missing a corner – another 4/5 small paper loss or staining.

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REF: GCR100

£ 175

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c1855 - The Queen - Evans & Sons

The Queen – Evans & Sons – 114,115 & 116 Newgate Street, London – Printed by Kronheim & Co

Interesting game with suits of Crests (Arms of Archbishop of Canterbury), Crowns ( Queen Victoria’s Coat of Arms), Stars (Order of the Garter) and Feathers (Arms of Prince of Wales).

Condition – The Queen –  Cards – complete – very light use / original rules – fragil, paper splitting  – no box 

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REF: CGE005

£ 120

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c 1859 - The New Round Game of The Family - Mead & Powell

Described on the box as

“Being a selection in each reign from Elizabeth to Victoria, of four of the Eminent Men, by which the various periods of English History will become readily filed in the memory”.

Mead & Powell seem to be active c1857/1860.  They are mention as agents for sceond class tickets to Crystall Palace.  There is no mention we can find of this game.

The game is the fairly standard collecting game where you ask players round the table for cards you want.  ie naming a card with one of the Eminent Men on it.  

Condition –  The cards are in very good condition /  Original rules card / The box very good slight split at bottom left hand corner – no lid as was common at this period.

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REF: CGA210

£95

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c1860 A set of cards for Memory Training or Magic!

This item consists of an explaination card – 

Five cards with black type and Five with red type – there are 5 couplets on each card.

The explaination card stated that you note the first letter on the black card that the “person takes” that will lead you to which red card to use CROWN are the initials of the first letters of the five red cards.) From that you can somehow deduct which pharse “the person” has chosen. Again by using CROWN in some way

Magic Memory Cards – Condition – All cards are in very good undamaged condition

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REF: MIS375

£ 65

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1855 - The Family Coach - W Spooner

This game consists of 45 cards, 15 of the 45 cards are hand-colored picture cards.

Nine of them make up the picture of the coach and the others are portraits of the personalities, including one showing Sambo, the servant.

The other cards explain the story and control the forfeits and playing pattern. 

It is in  both Yale and The Morgan Library & Museum

Condition / cards complete, a little grubby / slightly foxed – one has a crease – bijou (only visable from back/ facsimile rule booklet – The final page lists Spooner’s puzzles and games. / in a board and cloth portfolio case (lacking ties), upper cover with hand-coloured pictorial lithographed label, worn and soiled, 10.5 x 15.5cm

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REF: MIS423

£495

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c1860 - The Game of Trades ?W & S B Ives

This is a very early version of a card game produced in the US. 

The V&A Museum attribute it to W & S B Ives – dated as 1840 -1860, but without firm proof. 

Hand-coloured lithographed cards – eight sets of 6 cards.

 

The Game of Trades – Condition – Cards complete 48/48 cards ( played with but undamaged) – no rules or box  – but description of the game courtsey of V&A

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REF: MIS657

£ 95

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c1860 - The Golden Egg Game - D Ogilvy

This game about trying to possess both the “golden egg” and the Golden Egg card at the same time – while paying fines etc as described on other cards.

Golden Egg – Condition – Cards are thick and used (five appear to us to have come from another deck as they are slightly firmer and the backs are a slightly different color) (32 + Golden Egg Game Card), The Golden Goose Card has a forfeit handwritten at the top.

The rules mention a “golden egg” which is passed to the player that last who turned up an egg card.

There is no reference to the Golden Goose in the rules which seems strange, and there is no forfiet on this card (apart from the handwritten one).

Possibly the Golden Egg Card was passed round and the Game Card is the Golden Goose. A wood painted golden egg is in the box (and the base of the box has been scrapped away to allow the box lid to close over the egg.)

Rules – photocopy (and may be from a different version of this game (hence the confusion with the egg being passed around)) / Box – original wooden box – base has a crack one side missing a very small piece at base (has been reglued) – Lid repaired at one end and does not fit perfectly – picture on lid clean and good

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REF: MIS720

£ 295

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c1850-1860 - Authors and their books -with pictures

This game consists of 72 cards – 18 sets of four.

Each set is an author and three of the books he wrote.

All the cards are illustrated; – author and three that are related to the title of the book.

The backs are plain.   

We can find no reference to this

Condition / Cards are in good condition,  a small tear on one and a faint outline of a ribbon on another (which may have kept the cards together at one time) / No rules / No box

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REF: QUAT301

£75

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1860 - Stories from the Old and New Testaments

Interesting set of cards telling the stories from chapters of the Old Testament.

Probably made by Rev B H Draper who produced a number of different cards sets.

There should be two sets of cards numbered from 1-24.

Stories firom the Old Testaments – Condition – There are 31 cards in all. The cards come from Genesis (18) Exodus (11) plus two odds. All the cards are hand stencils, color litho printed  / Cards good / No Rules or Box

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REF: MIS601

£ 30

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c1865 - Change for A Sovereign - J. Evans & Sons

1865 = Change for A Sovereign – A card game to teach children about the money of the period.
Published by J Evans & Sons 114 – 116 Newgate Street, London – Printed by Kronheim & Co London


Change for A Sovereign – Condition / Complete – cards are square cornered, with light use – no damage / Rules are original, foxed cover but quite readable / There is no box

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REF:  MIS180

£ 75

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c1865 - French Loto Card - with English personage

French Loto cards featuring historical characters, mainly English. Nine centuries covered – featuring English

Kings, Queens and politicians feature – the last event is the death of Lord Palmerston

French Loto – Condition /  Loto Cards 23/(of assumed 24) 6 sets of green, blue – marron edged cards only 5 red edged cards.

Cards good –  odd mark or pencil mark but no damage. One side with personage, the other normal numbers only. / no box or rules

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REF: MIS634

£ 50

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c1860 - Heads of House - unknown

This card game is similar in style to Jaques Illustrated Proverbs :

A colored picture with a three word name at the top, and 3 cards with the same title and one of each word on the picture card. it

Hand colored small cards (6.5 x 10.5 cms approx)

Condition – there are 7 complete sets, and 3 incomplete sets -:  2 are missing1 card and 1 missing 3 cards including the picture card. 

The cards are very good – little sign of use / Photocopied rules with the game had the name on it /no box

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REF: CGMO102

£ 20

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c1870s Four sets of Happy Family Style –

Unusual type of Happy Families – but the “family “ is husband, wife, son and servant

Families are Constable, Grille (restaurant owner?), Gardener, Goodman

The constable’s servant is a maid, the rest are male workers in the line of employment of their Masters.

Happy Families  – Condition – Card are very good, small mark on one card /  hand stencilled – no rules or box

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REF: MIS372

£ 75

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1870 A Set of Snap/Collecting Cards - Black and White

A set of hand drawn Snap Style Cards featuring a mixture of themes – All Black and White. .
There are 11 sets of 4 cards. appear hand stencilled

 

Snap – Condition – Grubby / No rules / No wrapper or box.

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REF: MIS705

£ 30

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1870 A Set of Snap/Collecting Cards - Geometrical Shapes

A set of hand drawn Snap Style Cards mixed themes – prettily colored. .
There are 9 sets of 4 cards. They appear hand stencilled

 

Snap – Condition – Slightly grubby – one pansy card is heavily foxed (shown) / No rules / No wrapper or box.

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REF: MIS707

£ 30

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c1880 - Pope Joan - Mullord Brothers

A rare game, published by Mullord Brothers, we can little referene to this game.

The “instructions for setting up the Board” does not mention the number of cards.

It says that “46 counters are required, and must be obtained in equal proportions from each of the players.” 

Limiting to number of players to 2 or 23 !!! so presumably an error

There is one Pope Joan card (numbered 1). 

The  other cards are numbered from 2 to 41 – ie four sets of ten cards plus a Pope Joan card No 1.

Nothing is mentioned in the rules apart from the aim of getting rid of all your cards, as if all are equal.  

Pope Joan / Condition / Cards are near mint 41 + a card with direction instructions, a card describing a Pope Joan Board layout & a blank card. / Box –  repaired with tape – but complete and in good condition – the front has an engraved picture of  Pope Joan similar to the Pope Joan Card.

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REF: MIS242

£ 250

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c1880 - The New Game of Picture Proverbs - Sandle Brothers

A very pretty game matching up cards to make a proverb.

Made by Sandle Brothers Pasternoster Row London EC

The cards are litho Colored

Picture Proverbs – Condition – Complete / Cards – good – played with / Rules – original – good – a little scuffed / Box – good, grubby and worn at edges, inner section repaired at base, outer section missing top

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REF: MIS600

£ 65

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C1880 – Quartette Game - possibly mid European

This game consists of 16 sets of 4 cards (all different)
Sets are numbered and cover a range of subjects
From birds and animals to warring implements, Musical Instruments and Children’s toys
Very pretty

Quartette – Condition – complete – Cards only – very good

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REF: MIS609

£ 65

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1884 - Merry Matches - Wyman & Sons, London

An Old Maid style game with characters from Nursery Rhythms

Lovely pictures of characters in Nursery Rhythms, numbered to help matching them.

Condition /  The cards are numbers 1-31 (complete) in TLH corner, but this is quite pale so some-one has also numbered  them neatly in ink top centre. 

They are also a little grubby / Rules – original card / no box / photocopy of advert for the cards in The Bookseller (dated Oct 7th 1884) – included. 

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REF: CGM100

£  40

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c1895 KICK OFF or fireside football - Jaques

Complicated to play – so may not have been too popular.

It is rugby football with the colours represent original Rugby Union teams.  

10 – cards with RESERVE on the back which are taken out and placed on table
1 half time card – put in middle of pack. Cards are shaped like a rugby ball

1 ball card

2 each of
try, drop kick, penalty kick, free kick, off side, hand ball
and
4 collared
5 card scrum
5 pass cards
5 touch cards
6 held cards

The box front states 48 cards – but there are 49 cards in this pack – no obvious wrong card – but possibly there should only be 5 held cards. Or maybe it was a mistake in packing the cards. 

Condition – Cards are shaped like a rugby ball, 8 cms by 5.5cms and in very good condition/ Box front only / Photocopy of rules available.

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REF: JAQ112

£ 195

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c1890 - Fairy Tale Game

30 Danish Cards with stories from Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

This is a set of cards related to Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. They appear to be copied of illustrations of his stories as many have initials on the artist on them. Very pretty and well drawn.


H C Andersen – Conditin – Cards in very good condition – square cornered little sign of use / no rules or box

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REF: MIS343

£ 60

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1880 Picture Loto Game

1880 Picture Loto Game which is very pretty and interesting cards.

 

Picture Loto –  Condition – 12 large cards – 10 spaces on each – 119 small cards.

Different subjects – may be French or German from the style of the cards, in very good condition / In a plain wooden box


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REF: MISC606

£ 75

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c1885 - Posies - Marcus Ward & Co Ltd

This is a pretty Flora Card Game and consists of 8 Sets of 6 cards, each set being the flowers 1-5 and a plant.
Macus Ward printed a number of books on flowers and also Kate Greenway literature.

Marcus Ward became a limited company c1883

Posies – Condition – Cards – complete – some light use / Rules original / No Box

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REF:   MIS617

£ 50

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c1889 - Banco or Judge and Jury - Woolley

Described as  “A New and Amusing Round Game” this unusual game was made by Woolley, a printer of playing cards, card games and board games in the 1880/90s.

It was published in 1889 and sold for 8/- per dozen (trade). The cards are black and white with Christmassy backs showing a group of people playing a card game – possibly used at twelve night.

Banco – Condition – Complete / cards are good – no damage – just light use / Rules photocopy / No box

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REF: MIS211

£ 145

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1896 – A Royal Game - A. Collier

1896 was the year in which Queen Victoria became the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and her Diamond Jubilee celebration would take place the following year.

The pack contains 52 cards divided into ten groups consisting of Her Majesty, the late Prince Consort, with their children and grand-children.

Each card gives details of the name and title with dates of birth, marriage and death (if appropriate) along with an image of the person(s) concerned.

The cards are large (approx 9cms by 12cms)

Condition / Cards – complete – light use / gold edging worn / two part box – good but missing bottom of inner box and top of outer box top (if it was ever present) of outer box / Rule card – very good / Copy of application for a new and improved card game can be provided if required.

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REF: MIS910

£ 60

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c1890 Snap - Sporting Interest

An early Snap game featuring boys and girls with sports accessories.


Girls’ Sports are Boat, Bicycle, Croquet and Tennis
Boys’ Sports are Cricket, Football, Golf and Running

 

Sports Snap – Complete / Cards are very good – colored in black and red only / no rules or box.

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REF: MIS277

£ 45

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c1890 - Uncle Charley's Tusselfun, New Parlour Game

1890s Uncle Charley’s Tusselfun, New Parlour Game, is an interesting game regarding two sentries guarding a prisoner and rules concerning movements on the steps.

Uncle Charley’s Tusslefun was illustrated in the Army & Navy Stores Circular, December 1894, page 74, price 7d. ( thanks to Chris Lewin, author of War Games and their history, for this information)

Tusselfun / Condition – Board very good but one section faded as exposed to light / Playing pieces (two triangular wooden pieces with metal attachments, and six smaller wooden pieces) all good but we haven’t tried to actually use the triangular pieces (used for flicking in some way) / Box lid split at corners and scuffed / Rules – good.


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REF: MIS312

£  75

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1910 - SPARX - Chad Valley

One of the earliest games with images that would have been the most advanced seen in a game at that time. The aim was to collect a set of cards that would have represented a broadcasting station

Sparx – Condition  – Compete – Cards are well used and a litte grubby / Rules – photocopied / Box – worn at edges but complete with picture

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REF: MIS336

£ 38

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c1910 / 1910 - Rebus Cards / Puzzle Cards

Cards where the picture tells a story / describes a word. 15/16.

Puzzle Cards – Condition  –  cards have been used, a little grubby,  with odd creases – see picture


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REF: MIS702

£ 26

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King of Games - Play The Wag

The Wag – A very pretty game based on a wedding.
There are 5 “suits” / colored red (Relative), yellow (Bridesmaid), green (Estate), blue (Car) and purple (Present).


In each set are plain cards numbered 2-7 and 10, 11. There are also two picture cards for each color – many of which are shown (numbered 8 and 9) + three LOVE cards.


This was printed by Goodall, but published by National Card Company, Tamworth.

The National Game of Wag – Condition / Cards – 53 as described above – complete – Light use / no damage / Photocpied Rules / Photocopy of Box Cover on request

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REF: MIS313

£ 45

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