Antique playing card compendium. Mahogany. 1910
Antique Mahogany playing card compendium. "The Marlborough" by Charles Goodall. This is a compendium of games for playing cards only, and fairly unusual for that, as these expensive compendiums were usually made for other games as well, chess, draughts etc. Made in circa 1905 to 1910. Inside there are as follows: 2 X wooden "Fosters Whist Markers" 2 X wooden "Camden Bezique markers" There are 6 playing card games rules booklets, each for a different game and each have glinting gilt edging. The earliest is the fairly rare "Solo Whist" booklet, which is dated to 1904, the others are either not dated or show dates for 1905, 1907 etc. Also housed in this wonderful box are 2 X matching decks of C Goodall cards with red patterned art nouveau backs and "& Sons Limp" aces, making them contemporary with the box, each deck having 52 + 2 cards. There are 4 X Bezique decks of 32 cards, also with the same goodall ace. these have lovely green and floral decoration to the backs. Finally there are 2 X matching leather bound "ACME" Bridge score pads with pencils and 2 X leather bound game score pads, these do not have the pencils. The box itself is in lovely condition and the six packs of playing cards show very little use. In the case of the four bezique decks, the wooden whist markers, the bezique markers and the rule booklets, virtually no use at all..