Rare and original, ca1864 Partial Deck of American Playing Cards manufactured by Andrew Dougherty. This Deck of Civil War period Playing cards came to us with an early 20th century hand written note that reads Part of deck of cards used by A.
Davis in Civil War / A. " The Three of Diamonds also has what appears to be an 19th century pencil signature that reads "Willie Davis. Offered here is a well worn, partial Deck of A.
Dougherty "Excelsior" Brand Playing Cards (as titled on the Ace of Spades). Each of the 36 Cards (of a complete Deck that originally contained 52 cards) measures approx.2 1/2" by 3 1/2" and are printed on a uncoated stock. The backs of Cards have blue, mini-starburst patterned design. Missing are the 2, 9, 10 of diamonds; the 4, 7, 9, 10, J of spades (but two 5's are present); the A, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 of hearts; and the 3, 7, 9 of clubs. The set does include the important Ace of Spades and we have been told that this is a very early version of the Excelsior Deck which was first manufactured in 1864. This very rare and fascinating, original ca1864 Partial Deck of Andrew Dougherty Excelsior Playing Cards is in VERY worn condition. The King of Diamonds has some loss along the top edge because of chipping. The Cards certainly have the kind of wear one might expect form a Deck that was used by a soldier during the Civil War (and is certainly of the type used in camps) but other than the note that came to us with the Cards and the signature on the Three of Diamonds, we have no other provenance that supports this identification.
A rare and original, ca1864 Well Worn Partial Deck of Andrew Dougherty Excelsior Playing Cards purported to have been carried by a Union Civil War Soldier and, with all faults, still a great addition to any collection! And Click Here to Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers List. Click Here to Discover More About this Item and Many Others on Our New Informational / Non-Commercial / Reference Blog - Walnutts. The item "1864 AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SOLDIER'S PLAYING CARD DECK By A.
DOUGHERTY EXCELSIOR" is in sale since Friday, August 07, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Paper\Playing Cards". The seller is "walnutts" and is located in Brewster, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.