This is a vintage and authentic old west Faro game scorekeeper. The score keeper is in good condition but it does show some wear on the pictured card surface. The frame appears to be made of Walnut and all joints are solid. Manufactured by Mason & Co. in Chicago and identified as such along with the wording “second quality” stamped on to the label. It measures 12” by 11” when open and 2 1/2” thick when folded shut. The red and white beads are made of a composition material. There are four beads adjacent to each card except the Ace that has only two.
“A game of faro was often called a "faro bank". It was played with an entire deck of playing cards. One person was designated the "banker" and an indeterminate number of players, known as "punters", could be admitted. Chips (called "checks") were purchased by the punter from the banker (or house) from which the game originated. Bet values and limits were set by the house. Usual check values were 50 cents to $10 each. The faro table was typically oval, covered with green baize, and had a cutout for the banker. A board with a standardized betting layout consisting of all cards of one suit pasted to it in numerical order, called the "layout", was placed on top of the table. Traditionally, the suit of spades was used for the layout. Each player laid his stake on one of the 13 cards on the layout. Players could place multiple bets and could bet on multiple cards simultaneously by placing their bet between cards or on specific card edges. Players also had the choice of betting on the “high card” bar located at the top of the layout”