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1864 Poker Deck [Hardcover]

U S Games Systems
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: U.S. Games; Crds edition (23 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572810963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572810969
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 9.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 963,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Here's a game very special, the original was created by LI Cohen.
Cohen is the inventor of the first machine to print four colors on one card at once. With this new process it quickly dominated the market and outdistanced its competitors.
These cards are printed on very thick paper but it is not only their specificity.
The corners of the cards but are not rounded square. The face cards are printed in "full card" and no value appears in the upper left and lower right maps.
Finally the ace of spades original has been retained, blue, there are an eagle and 13 stars under the name LI Cohen appears at the bottom of the card. This game therefore provides an original ace of spades ace of spades and a more traditional for enhanced playability
game 53 cards.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for card games 11 July 2013
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I bought this deck to use for playing card divination--it's quite simple to do. You can use your usual tarot associations (sans majors) or simply search the internet for sources of information. This deck is absolutely lovely for divination. I used a 5mm corner rounder to get rid of those sharp corners (which might be authentic, but poked me when I shuffled. I briefly wondered if that's where the game Poker got its name...)

The deck is beautiful and so affordable. Don't hesitate, it's a great buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I Wanted! 16 May 2013
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This is just a fantastic perches You could not find any thing better, great value for money. I would highly Recommend this
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best cards for poker 4 Dec 2011
By Ronald - Published on Amazon.com
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These cards are great to have at a poker game and because they do not have numbers or titles they cause much discussion. The cards are well made and were priced right as well. I will buy from this seller again as the shipping costs were a good deal as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic historical reproduction 53 card deck: Civil War Period. 23 Oct 2008
By Bill King - Published on Amazon.com
Box size (card fit tightly inside).
3-9/16 inches high.
2-5/8 inches wide.
3/4 inch thick.

So, about the same size as a modern Poker deck.

53 cards: In England during 19th century an address of the manufacturer was by law imprinted onto the Ace of Spades for tax collection purposes. British card makers went ahead and put their fancy trademarks there too. And American makers followed suit (so to speak).

The original A spade, and a plainer replacement which matches the other cards are both included. It occurs to me that one of these can be considered the joker if the game needs one.

L.I. Cohen was using a trade secret printing press which stamped 4 colors at the same time, by which his cards were cheaper to make at each quality level. Thus he succeeded so well that his heirs would merge with others into the modern giant: United States Playing Card Company.

This is a reproduction of the brand and similar style which citizens or soldiers during the Civil War would have used.

Which cards are different from the modern?

All of them!

The pip cards have no numbers in the corners, and the courts no letters K,Q,J.

The face card single images cover the card instead of being divided into reversible upside down halves.

The corners are not rounded.

Printing irregularities on the face sides: (tiny spots where the ink is missing or runs very slightly outside the borders, etc): exactly like cards of that era commonly had, unless you paid a fortune for a very special deluxe deck.

However, the back designs and card shape are very regular so the cards are not unfairly "marked", this too was normal historically.

Very authentic yet cheap enough to use for an interesting change at your next card game session.
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