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<B>1791  Rebus, or Hieroglyphic Cards - John Wallis 1791
1791 Rebus, or Hieroglyphic Cards - John Wallis
Stock #: WAL100
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Printed by J.Wallis Oct.20th 1791. A group of cards variously known as Rebus cards, Hieroglyphic Cards for Amusement, Riddle Cards, Conundrum or Incomplete Sentence Card Game.
Twelve cards, 3 by 4½ inches on card stock with the text interspersed with illustrations replacing words or syllables, titled as follows: Applause, Complacency, Curiosity, Education, Elegance, Insinuation, Knowledge, Modesty, Reflection, Religion, Reputation and Vanity. These cards seems rare as the museums that have them do not have complete sets.

Condition J Wallis Rebus Cards - Complete / Cards - very good light use / Rules and Box lacking

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<B>1800-1830 Feronica Hierogryphical Riddles 1810
1800-1830 Feronica Hierogryphical Riddles
Stock #: MISC309
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An Interesting and Rare Riddle Game; there is no date and opinion varies as to when it was actually produced.
It is listed in Morgan Library and Museum and dated as c1830. The Bodleian dates it as c1800.
The Bodleian was tweeting pictures of their riddle cards, c18th November.

The word Hierogryphical is defined as relating to a form of writing using picture symbols, especially as used in ancient Egypt. This was popular in the early 1800s when the Rosetta Stone was brought to England. The picture on the lid features one lady showing two cards to another lady. Behind her two torches, held by an ape type creature, are burninng, odd symbolic items are on the ground by their feet.
The text for the riddles are, in many cases, well known English phrases ie

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush",
"pride goes before the fall",
"make hay while the sun shines"

The box has "made in germany" printed on it. This appears to have been an overprint to the original print work as the font/size are slightly different.
Some games seem to have been popular for many years The (New) Game of Human Life (pub c1790 Wallis & E Newbery) was advertised in John Harrison 1809 catlogue (he was first refered to as success to E Newbery in1801) and was still being advertised in 1830 (ref John Harris's books for Youth 1801-1843), so presumably other game were sold for long periods.

Condition - Feronica Hierogryphical Riddles / Cards 24/24 plus one card on the inside box lid - hand colored cards, undamaged, but with odd light fox marks / Box - Good, there is an edge missing at the base of the box and a small paper loss to the top left corner. / No rules (or solutions to the riddles)

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<B>c1830 - French Silhouette Cards – with Fortune / Predictions 1830
c1830 - French Silhouette Cards – with Fortune / Predictions
Stock #: MISC616z
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80 cards with two captions on each card
Usually conflicting “fortunes” which would presumably depending on which way up the card was place
ie Having a happy meal / stomach upset
Embracing death / Long life
Lovely pictures with a silhouette always prominent

Condition – 8 or 9 cards are damaged a couple quite badly, and some cut much nearer the frame than others but the picture are on these is complete

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<B>c1850 “Comic Play Grammar” card game – William Sallis 1850
c1850 “Comic Play Grammar” card game – William Sallis
Stock #: MIS356
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Play Card Grammar
This card game is very rare, we can find no reference to it. William Sallis made a small number of board games, and spelling games. He also made at least two card games - The Cottage of Contentment, which is similar in style to this game, but much more frivolous, and this game
Comic Play Grammar consists of 41 cards. The purpose of the game appears to be to teach children grammar.
The cards are numbered from 1 to 15 and different numbers of cards for each number are as follows
1x8(+QV), 2x6, 3x5, 4x3, 5x3, 6-10 all x2, 11-15 all x1. One of the 1 card is Queen Victoria which does not seem to fit with the others in the way of teaching grammar

Condition – This appears complete from the make-up of the cards and the fact that the box is full and could not accept another card. Cards are all very pretty and in very good condition (but slightly concave). The original box is good, some wear at the edge. There are no rules.
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