Bezique set De La Rue 1870
De La rue Bezique set. 1870’s. Un-turned courts and one-way pips. There were lots of changes and adaptions to English playing cards during Victoria’s reign, which help date cards of that era reasonably accurately. Although not all makers adopted the new innovations straight away, as a rough rule of thumb they were introduced as follows. 1830’s/40's decorated backs. 1850’s/60's double ended courts. 1870’s/80's indices, two-way pips and turned courts (meaning the suit symbol was moved to the top left corner of all the cards) 1880’s/90's round corners. The cards in this set have been used and are a bit grubby, but they are quite early for a bezique set and almost certainly pre 1875. The game didn’t really become popular in the UK until the mid-1860’s The only significant damage is a tear to the J diamonds and a crease at the top of the K spades. Otherwise they are ok, complete with 2 x 32 cards, the two markers and the box are in very nice condition.