An "Eau D'Ambert" advertising pack of cards, by James English, 1880,
Lot 20
An "Eau D'Ambert" advertising pack of cards, by James English, 1880,
£400 - 600
US$ 670 - 1,000
Lot Details
An "Eau D'Ambert" advertising pack of cards,
by James English, 1880,
printed in black and red, the backs with an advertisement for Eau D'Ambert depicting a monk against a light green or Eau de Nil background, Special Ace printed: James English & Co...Manufacturers...Budge Row, London, (two cards damaged with wear and holes), sold with a quantity of notes, correspondence and research undertaken by John Hayter into the origin of the pack,
9cm x 6.4cm [52/52] (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: from the collection of the late John Hayter.

    An early advertising pack, the subject of research by John Hayter. See: The Playing Card, Volume XXVIII, No. 2, John Hayter, "Taking the 'waters of Ambert' too literally: a very early advertising deck". Eau D' Ambert was a medicinal remedy taken in France at the end of the nineteenth century. It was supposed to have been made by the monks of Ambert, but as John discovered, this was pure fiction.
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