Comments on playing-cards sets in general, and on a Goodall Bridge set, circa 1911, in particular

Collecting card-game “sets” (say 1920 and before) is a bit of a mixed bag.  They take up space (though ’tis true that they are often rather tiny). They are usually unwieldy, or at least not convenient to move around.  Typically, they are not in such great condition.  On the other hand, I have seen a number that were quite reasonably priced. And many of them included one or more card-game rule-booklets.  Also, they sometimes included old playing cards in great condition!

Of course, each purchase or potential purchase must be evaluated on its own merits, and it is somewhat hard to make generalizations.  I suppose that I myself have about ten card-game sets, in all, from the pre-1920 era, a few of which are plainly from the nineteenth century.  Almost all of them came with one or more card-game rule-booklets.  Most of them that I have were originally sold by Goodall.  I have Piquet, Draw-Bridge (discussed in another post), Kuhn Kahn, Bridge, and Bezique.

Below are a few scans relating to my Goodall Bridge set.  First is shown the top (the cover):

Next is a scan of the inside of the top, showing a pouch containing a rule booklet entitled Bridge, by Professor Hoffmann (Angelo J. Lewis, 1839-1919). The scan also shows the inside of the “flap” of the box, and part of the interior of the box (a pencil and score pad are visible).

Lastly is shown a scan of the inside front-cover and title page of the booklet. (Loosely inserted within the booklet is a little leaflet entitled Bridge Hints.)

I do not see any manufacturer name on the box itself, but there is no reason to think it was not from Goodall.  The score-sheets are definitely from Goodall. Also, I think that the pencils in the set may well be the original pencils.

Included in the box are two packs of cards which look rather old, but they are not Goodall cards. In fact, they are mismatched (one from Mudie and one from De La Rue). They are unopened, and that is pretty much where my investigation of the two decks ended.

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