It'll be hard to keep a poker face when you see this incredible vintage card table cover.
It's completely handmade, using needlepoint and petitpoint stitching on a rare pre-designed embroidery canvas.
The graphics include all the classic gambling related items. There are playing cards, poker chips, dice, a lucky horse shoe, and race horses with jockeys vying for the lead. Since this was made when people were still into smoking, there's a cigarette and ashtray graphic too.
The green, brown and white background is done in regular size stitches while the 'picture graphics' are done in petit point which is tiny stitching that allows more detailing but takes a lot longer to do. The yarn appears to be wool in two thicknesses.
The cover is approximately the size of a game table top...measures 34 by 33 1/2 inches. The back edge is very neatly finished off with hand done cross-stitching.
The amount of work that went into making this took many, many hours. Whoever made this either loved gambling, playing games, or loved a gambler.
Overall, this rare piece is in excellent vintage condition with very slight signs of having been used. No notable stains or damage. This can be hung on the wall in a game room since it's as much an art work as it is a unique table cover.
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