1880's Old West Hart's Squared Linen Eagle Pharo Cards - BOX ONLY
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1880's Old West Hart's Squared Linen Eagle Pharo Cards - BOX ONLY

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Product Description

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ARTIFACT: Wonderful Old West 1880's Pharo playing cards, box only. The gambling card game is suggested to have been started by Louis XIV's royal gamblers. It was banned in France and shortly after, arrived in the United States and was typically referred to as 'Faro'. The game was played in nearly every gambling hall in the Old West between 1825 and 1915 and was found to be the most popular form of gambling in terms of money wagered each year. Also called the "Bucking Tiger" some gambling halls simply displayed the picture of a tiger in a window to advertise games within. The interest in 'Faro' waned after the Second World War, but continued to be played into the mid-eighties at a couple Las Vegas and Reno casinos. Early cards had square corners and full figure king, queen, and jacks. The double-sided box shows the Great Seal of the United States in the center and along the top reads: "HART'S SQUARED LINEN EAGLE NONPAREIL" and along the bottom a scroll reads: "PHARO CARDS". The top of the box shows a two cent tax stamp (see photo). This is the box only, there are no playing cards included.

VINTAGE: Circa 1880's.

SIZE: Approximately 3-1/2" x 2-1/2".

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Cardboard, stamp, ink.

ATTACHMENT: Flap lid closure.

MARKINGS: "ACT OF AUG 1894 2 TWO CENTS"

ITEM NOTES: This is from a western collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MBEX16 LHEX2/16 SHEX04/20

CONDITION: 4+ (Very Good): The box shows heavy age and storage wear and some areas of separation, but remains mostly intact; box only, no cards.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.