Mauger Blue Box Replica Playing Cards
Victor E. Mauger was born in England and immigrated to
His deck printed in 1876, The Centennial Exposition Deck is thought to be the first deck to commemorate a fair. They were made in conjunction with the world's fair in
The cards had several unique details that set them apart from other American decks of the day. They were slightly larger measuring 90mm x 62mm as opposed to the standard poker size.
Indices were just beginning to be used. Andrew Dougherty had a patent in 1876 for his Triplicates and The New York Consolidated Company had a patent the same year for their Squeezers. Mauger wanted to use Indices on his cards so he opted to put them in all 4 corners making them Quadruplicates. He went a step further and like many popular European decks made the pips 4 colors with Black Spades, Red Hearts, Yellow Diamonds, and Blue Clubs. Almost sounds like a lucky charms commercial.
The decorative ace of spades has the dates 1776 & 1876 commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Independence. It also has the Latin words "NUNQUAM RETRORSUM"; translation: "No Revoke" or "Never Retreat"
· Printed by USPCC with a Linoid Finish
· Limited to 1,000
· Standard poker size
· Comes in a Navy Tuck with a hot stamp foil star
· Reprint of a sketch from the fair inside the tuck.
· Replica paper stamp seal
· 56 Cards, 1 Original Joker, 1 Double Back & 2 Gaff cards