c1891 Historic Bicycle High Wheeler Best Bower Joker Antique Playing Cards & Box For Sale
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Genuine Authentic Bicycle #808 Playing Cards Poker Deck High Wheel Back with the Incredibly Scarce Best Bower High Wheeler Joker.
• SCARCITY: 9.3/10
• CARD CONDITION: (Subjective) Excellent ++ / Slight Blemishes / Aged Patina & Euchred / Slight Surface Wear / Slight Edge Wear / No Visible Creasing / Slight Gameplay Surface Soiling / 1 card with minute corner surface paper loss.
• BOX CONDITION: Gentle Surface Wear / Worn / Side Rail Abrasions / Slight Splits at front / Script / Tuck intact / all acceptable for its rarity
• CARD/QTY: 52+Joker
• CARD BACK: High Wheel Red
• SIZE: Poker Wide
• PROVENANCE: Private Collection
• COUNTRY: USA
• FINISH: Ivory / Chromolithographed Backs
• YEAR: c1891
• Image: Penny-Farthing / High Wheeler
These great early rare Bicycle Decks are very highly collectible and extremely sought after. This bicycle poker artifact is a must have for serious collectors who want to add to there amazing Bicycle 808 collection.
This is a true piece of history as this item does tell a story and also proves that owning such a magnificent gaming Americana artifact is truly remarkable for any collector! This spectacular investment example is only one reason why to own such a piece that's rich in card history.
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• The penny-farthing, also known as a high wheel, high wheeler and ordinary, was the first machine to be called a "bicycle". It was popular in the 1870s and 1880s, with its large front wheel providing high speeds (owing to it travelling a large distance for every rotation of the legs) and comfort (the large wheel provides greater shock absorption). It became obsolete from the late 1880s with the development of modern bicycles, which provided similar speed amplification via chain-driven gear trains and comfort through pneumatic tyres, and were marketed in comparison to penny-farthings as "safety bicycles" due to the reduced danger of falling and the reduced height to fall.
• The name came from the British penny and farthing coins, one much larger than the other, so that the side view resembles a penny leading a farthing. Although the name "penny-farthing" is now the most common, it was probably not used until the machines were nearly outdated; the first recorded print reference is from 1891 in Bicycling News. For most of their reign, they were simply known as "bicycles". In the late 1890s, the name "ordinary" began to be used, to distinguish them from the emerging safety bicycles; this term and "hi-wheel" (and variants) are preferred by many modern enthusiasts.
• Following the popularity of the boneshaker, Eugène Meyer, a Frenchman, invented the high-wheeler bicycle design in 1869 and fashioned the wire-spoke tension wheel. Around 1870 English inventor James Starley, described as the father of the bicycle industry, and others, began producing bicycles based on the French boneshaker but with front wheels of increasing size, because larger front wheels, up to 1.5 m (60 in) in diameter, enabled higher speeds on bicycles limited to direct drive.In 1878, Albert Pope began manufacturing the Columbia bicycle outside Boston, starting their two-decade heyday in America.
• Although the trend was short-lived, the penny-farthing became a symbol of the late Victorian era. Its popularity also coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.
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