Unusual and handsome card box made specifically for bezique. The box is not hinged; instead, the lid lifts off. Both the top and bottom sections of the box serve as bezique counters, and the top section has the word “Bezique” inlaid. The box appears to be walnut with contrasting rosewood and boxwood veneers.
The box came to me with incomplete decks of De La Rue bezique cards that were in poor condition. The cards had unturned courts, the variant of the Standard English Pattern that Lodge designates as D5, made c.1865-1875. I have replaced the cards with two complete De La Rue decks in good condition, same D5 courts. The date given for the box is the midpoint of the years that the cards were made. If the cards that accompanied the box are not original to it, it is possible that the box was made a few years earlier or later. It seems clearly to have been made in the second half of the 19th century.
The inside of the box where the cards are stored also has holes for 4 pegs and 4 white bone pegs are included. They came with the box and are an exceptionally good fit for the holes in the two bezique counters (the top and bottom of the box). The box measures approximately 5.2” by 3.5” and when closed is approximately 2.3” high.
The box is in very good condition, with a nice patina; however, that there is inlay loss to the “bottom” bezique marker – the one that does not have the word “Bezique” in the center – in places along its outer edges. The cards are in good used condition, and are accompanied by 2 bezique rules sheets.
If the purchaser of this box wishes to purchase it with the cards that accompanied it, or without cards altogether, it is for sale for $150.
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