Samuel Hart & Co. “Bazique Register,” (Bezique Counter), “Saladee’s Patent,” c.1864Samuel Hart & Co. “Bazique Register,” (Bezique Counter), “Saladee’s Patent,” c.1864

To collectors of antique American playing cards, the term "Saladee's Patent" needs no introduction. "Saladee's Patent" is the name given to a deck of cards made by Samuel Hart in 1864 – a deck that is the first American-made deck, and perhaps the first deck made anywhere, with corner indices. The name of the Patent Holder, Saladee, is prominently displayed on the Ace of Spades, and so the deck has come to be known as "Saladee's Patent."

In the same year, 1864, Samuel Hart made, and Saladee patented, a bezique counter or scoring device, that Hart/Saladee called a "Bazique Register." [In its earliest years, the game of bezique was spelled with an "a" instead of an "e"]. I would not be surprised to learn that this was the first bezique counter/scorer of any kind made in the United States, although that history probably has yet to be written. The "Register" consists of three wheels with metal arrows, much like bezique scorers that at or soon after that time would be made famous by De La Rue and Goodall in England. (see, in this shop, T0000522). The "Register" is the size of a wide playing card, measuring 90mm x 64mm.

This item is in excellent, nearly pristine condition. It is the only one I have ever seen.

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Samuel Hart & Co. “Bazique Register,” (Bezique Counter), “Saladee’s Patent,” c.1864

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