Six facsimile or reprint sets of famous early U.K. and U.S. cards. All 6 sets are in mint condition and come in original boxes or wrappers that are "as new" or very close to it. Each is available separately for $10; all 6 are for sale for $50. Each is briefly described below.
* A facsimile deck of the British "Aesop's Fables" deck made by I. Kirk in 1797 that featured the famous Aesop illustrations of Samuel Croxall. I do not know who made these facsimile cards, but they were made for Colonial Williamsburg; there is another facsimile deck in this listing made for Colonial Williamsburg, the I. Hardy cards described next below. The deck is in a wrapper that simulates the look of British wrappers of the day. The cards can be seen on the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM#03474).
* A facsimile deck of the British "Great Mogul" cards made by I. Hardy, card maker to the Prince of Wales, c.1801-1827. As with the "Aesop's Fables" deck noted above, these cards were made for Colonial Williamsburg, and I don't know the maker. The deck is likewise in a wrapper patterned on British wrappers of the day,and the cards can be seen on the WWPCM website, WWPCM #03485.
* A deck called "Marlboro Texan No.45 Playing Cards," made by USPC and published by Philip Morris in 1984; it is a reprint of the Texan No.45 deck first made in 1889 by Russell & Morgan Printing Co. The facsimile deck has 52 cards, plus a Joker, plus an extra insert card announcing the deck. The joker and Ace of Spades are different than the Joker and Ace used in the original deck. The cards are in mint condition and the box is "as new" or very nearly so.
* A deck called "Highlanders" published by U.S. Games Systems in 1997. It is a facsimile edition of cards by Lawrence & Cohen made c.1864, and the box notes: "A reproduction of a Civil War Era poker deck with full length, single-ended court figures." The cards are still sealed in the wrapper but the faces can be viewed at the WWPCM website, WWPCM#02204.
* A deck published by Time Magazine in 1978, called "Time – 4 July 1978," that is "original" in the sense that it does not follow any particular early deck. According to the insert card the design of the cards "is drawn from the work of several early card makers, especially that of I. Hardy of London and Amos Whitney of Boston, whose spade ace shows the official Paul Revere/ Samuel Hill American Eagle." The deck has 52 large cards, plus a Joker, plus the insert card noted. The cards are square cornered and the courts are single ended. The cards are in mint condition, and while the box has been opened, it is otherwise "as new."
* A facsimile set of the "Stopforth" cards made in England by Stopforth & Son c.1801-1820. The cards came to me wrapped in a piece of thin cardboard paper – not a card wrapper – which says "18th Century Playing Cards" and has a very brief description of the history of playing cards in the U.S. The deck has 52 cards; there is no joker and obviously the original Stopforth cards would not have had one. The cards are square cornered and the courts are single ended. The cards are mint, and the cardboard paper is "as new."
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