Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Trumps Card Box c.1880

Playing cards is one of the oldest and most popular games invented by man. This tiny box, which dates back to 1880, measures only 3 cm. in length and 2cm. in width and contains suits used in the trick-taking game called Trumps. The small cards are used in determining which card suit will be elevated above its normal rank to become the trump suit. It developed from an older game called Ruff and Honours and is also known by a variety of names like Knock-out Whist, Reduction Whist and Rat. The name of the game derives from the Middle English trumpen, which means to deceive, cheat. Trumps was very popular in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was replaced by Bridge, which shares many traits with Whist.