Two wonderful brass trays on card game themes, featuring embossed images and words. One is a cribbage tray; it has 4 playing cards and these cribbage words: “15 Two 15 Four A Pair Are Six and One For His Nob.” The other tray has the embossed image of a man and woman playing cards, and these words: “A Clear Head, A Quick Eye and Fair Playing” with the subtext “Keep Your Temper.” I have dated these trays c.1830. The embossed images are easier to discern from the underside of each tray, and on the cribbage tray the underside shows that 1 of the 4 playing cards is a single ended court card (Queen of Diamonds) suggesting such a date. Also, the image of the man and woman playing cards on the other tray is identical to an image used on long whist marker coins known to date to the 1820s (see, e.g., Charles Mathes delightful website, “What the Hell Is a Whist Counter?”).
The trays are approximately 87mm in diameter. I am not sure of their function, and do not know if they should be considered a “pair” or just 2 brass trays styled the same. It does seem clear that they are “related” to each other and “belong together,” and so I am unwilling to sell them separately.
The trays are in excellent condition, and appear to me to have been polished at some relatively recent point in their history.
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Playing Cards and Card Game Collectibles
Antique and Vintage Playing Cards, Cribbage Boards, Whist Markers, Trump Indicators, Game Boxes, and Other Card Game Items