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One of the Dreiers’ great pleasures was to round out their museum showcases with carefully hand-selected ephemera that provided key historical context. Here are those accoutrements from their vast Old Judge card collection. OLD JUDGE BOX: Measuring 9-5/8" x 5-1/4" x 12-1/8", this surviving relic keeps its greatest asset hidden inside, where an ornate, well-preserved, fire-engine-red panel with bolder-than-bold black lettering proclaims that Old Judge "Beats the World" and "Does Not Bite the Tongue." Externally, the four main advertising panels (promoting Goodwin & Co. and its "Foot of Grand St. East River" location) are completely legible and highly presentable. That said, this is a well-loved, well-used box, which is literally rough around the edges. There are vestiges of a couple of tape repairs, some understandable discoloration, and missing pieces toward the rear of the lid’s side panels. Professional restoration could be employed to shore up seam/edge splits and a hinge separation (currently remedied by an interior strip of vintage cloth tape). Lastly, the box apparently became multi-purposed, as an endearing pencil notation on the top reads, "Christmas toys." OLD JUDGE PACK: A beautiful gold-and-black front design; bright salmon-colored labeling on the sliding insert; and green reverse stamp of DeWitt Clinton all grace this empty cigarette pack. Dimensions are 2" x 2-7/8" x 1", with edge wear, a small corner tear and period pencil notations. OLD JUDGE SIGN: Here we have a brilliantly colorful scene of three sophisticated consumers smoking their pipes in collegial fraternity. Best of all, depicted on the table alongside the wine glasses, carafe, cards and pegboard are ... the preceding red box and cigarette pack. EX/MT presentation save an edge chip at lower left. 7-7/8" x 11-1/8".
1880s Old Judge Ephemera Collection With Box, Pack and Sign (3)
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