Dutton's Military Cards, "Military Whist" Game, c.1900-1910
The four suits of this deck are four branches of the Army of that time: cavalry, artillery, infantry, and engineers. There are 52 cards, plus a “Joker” – Pres. Abraham Lincoln, “Commander in Chief” -- plus the rules card noted above. For each suit/branch the cards are designated P and 2-13, with P being the lowest rank in that branch and 13 being the highest. The Commander in Chief card is a wild card, and the identification of Pres. Lincoln as “Commander in Chief” suggests to me that the military figures are uniformed as in the Civil War. The cards are wide, measuring 89mm x 63mm, and come in the original telescope type box.
The cards are “as new,” and I do not believe they have ever been used. The box is in excellent condition, very clean with only the slightest signs of age and wear, except that the bottom of the inner box must have separated from the box and has been taped to it.
References: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.220, W118 and p.289, NS5; Keller, The Cary Collection of Playing Cards, US199.
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