Demley’s Brass Holder for Card Game Score Pads, c.1930

Elegant brass holder for card game score pads made by Demley, including what seem to be the original score pads. One is called a “Tricks and Honours” Pad, and one is called a “Personal Scores” Pad. The “Tricks and Honours” Pad appears to be designed to score either Bridge Whist or perhaps Auction Bridge, and ordinarily that would suggest a date c.1890-1925. However, each of the score pads state at the back covers that additional pads may be obtained from S. B. Lavick Co. located at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The Merchandise Mart opened in 1930, and, assuming that the score pads are in fact original (they are a perfect fit), I have gone ahead and dated the holder to the year that the Merchandise Mart was opened.

The two brass plates of the holder measure approximately 5⅞” by 3⅝”, and they are held together (i.e. “attached” to one another) by means of a connecting bar. There is a place on the right side of the rear plate for a pencil, but it is missing. Each plate has the same intricate, attractive design, including a suit symbol at each corner. The Denley name is on the connecting bar (separately pictured).

The holder is in very good – perhaps even excellent – condition, without any damage to the designs. It might benefit from a polishing, but I have not attempted it. The pages of the two score pads are foxed/soiled.

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Item ID: T00002215

$50 USD

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