Marvelous 19th Century Hand-colored Paper Dominoes with Animals in Pretty Victorian Box

Regular price $185.00

My favorite find at the Rhinebeck Antiques show last weekend, this is the earliest set of paper dominoes I've ever seen--c 1870s I believe, maybe even earlier, hand-colored, and with a marvelous array of animals serving as the dots--all so good! There are two cards missing (the 5:5 and 5:1) but pretty miraculous the find the deck near complete--and sold as found in a lovely paper decorated Victorian box with young woman in blue on front. Also inside a small newspaper clipping, announcing the death of an Edith Cresson Roberts, of congestion of the lungs, with services to held at the home of her father, 1830 Rittinghouse Square (Philadephia PA.) I've done a fair bit of searching, and can't find another documented set out there like this. 

Box measures 7 1/2" x 3 5/8" x 1 1/4".  Cards measure 4 1/8" x 1 1/2". Set of 26 cards. Overall good condition, with general wear, and a few old tape mends to the back of the cards, as documented. Color is strong and wonderful.