This is one of those wonderful Victorian era advertising trade cards that makes you stop and take a second, or third, or fourth, etc., look because it has just incredible color and detail and the subject matter is so unique. This is one of the hard to find oversize cards from the H644 Series that Kinney Bros Tobacco Co put out for advertising their Special Favours brand. It is 6 by 7 & 3/4 inches, so may have been one you would have sent away for, as it is too large to go in a pack or carton. It is number 12 in the series, titled Lady of Quality, 1460, Reign Charles VII. The series showed ladies in periods gowns with dates and who was the reigning monarch. At the top left is the Kinney Bros name and at the top right is says Special Favours.
It is in good condition with no writing or loss to the card, which is very thick, heavy card stock. There is some age tanning and light foxing on the top edge and the right edge and on the bottom edge, there is some light foxing as well. The left edge seems to have been better protected. There are a few edge scuffs and light wear. Overall, though, its still a beautiful card, with incredible subject matter and color!
Please see the photos as they show the condition and detail well.
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Victorian Kinney Bros Tobacco Advertising 1460 Lady of Quality Reign of Charles VII Card Special Favours Card 12 H644 Series Premium