circa 1860 - 1870. Deck of 20 illustrated playing cards, 3 5/8 x 2 9/16 inches, hand-colored, with 2 card with printed game instructions. All housed in the original box with color printed label on the lid. A few cards have light soiling or foxing as does the blank paper of the box. Near fine. Item #51017
The game or Snip, Snap, Snorum has its roots in the late 18th century and was popular throughout the 19th century. It is basically a stops game in which cards are played in ascending sequence in suit. This version has five suits, each containing four cards. Of these, two suits depict stereotyped images of blacks with ridiculous names that verge on racist.