Very rare deck of 53 wide size aluminum poker playing cards. The first known set of aluminum cards ever made. Manufactured by Aluminum Mfg. Of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Handed out by Aluminum Mfg. At the 1901 Pan American Exposition, held in Buffalo. Reverses, Joker and Ace of Spades all display an American bison, the symbol of the Exposition. Ace of Spades is severely faded. Joker card still remains well-preserved. These decks of cards were distributed at the Exposition in a special aluminum case. Aluminum case engraved on its front with a decorative design and titled with the word’CARDS. Traditional English suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades). Coloration of the court cards displays an almost ethereal quality. Card dimensions: 6.3 cm X 8.8 cm. Complete 52 cards + Joker, with original metal card-sleeve. C ondition: good condition used antique; complete deck, surfaces are scuffed, scratched & roughened, with fading and chipping of colors; Ace of Spades is severely faded & 6 of Diamonds displays the signature of a previous owner; reverses have varying degrees of fading and scuffing, some reverses almost completely faded; several cards show slight dents & bends of the aluminum, but are all without any major or significant damages; original aluminum case is in good condition, lacking one of its struts & with minor signs of wear and a dedicatory note engraved on the reverse. (see photographs for further details). We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and can provide further pictures on request. McClosky’s currently has a. A number of Antique, Vintage and Collectible Playing Cards. As well as a fine selection of Rare. Tarot Decks and Fortune Telling Cards. The item “C. 1901 Aluminum Playing Cards Pan-american Expo Poker 52 With Joker & Metal Case” is in sale since Wednesday, November 30, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Paper\Playing Cards”. The seller is “mccloskysbooks_and_cards” and is located in Newmarket, Ontario. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Age: Antique (Pre-1910)
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States