Army and Navy Civil War Playing Cards Monitor and Merrimac Dougherty Hoch. W11 For Sale
Army and Navy Civil War Playing Cards Monitor and Merrimac Dougherty Hoch. W11:
A. Dougherty Army & Navy Civil War Playing Cards. The Monitor and The Merrimac. New York: A. Dougherty, 26 Beekman St., N.Y., 1865. 52 cards. One of the rarest of American decks. The Ace of Monitors reads, “To Commemorate the Greatest Event in Naval History. The Substitution of Iron for Wood." Maker's name on Ace of Monitors and Ace of Merrimacs. The other two suit signs are Soaves (Zouaves) and Drummers. Hoch. W11. The common name for the pack is the Army and Navy deck and also known as the Monitor and Merrimac. The blue suits are Monitors and Merrimacs and the red suit Zouaves and Drummer Boys. Made by Andrew Dougherty in New York City in 1865. No idea how many were manufactured, but I suspect not too many as there would be more around - especially as they are “non-standard”. A standard deck means that the only thing of interest is the card back. A non-standard deck has fancy court cards and interesting jokers and aces and often every face card is special as in this deck. The original Zouaves were native North African troops serving in the French army in the 1830’s. They wore colorful uniforms with a vest and baggy pants. Prior to the Civil War the outfits became popular with local militia in the United States and were worn in the early years of the Civil War.
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