Authentic Reproduction Pharo Playing Cards
Originally made by the New York Card Company, Samuel Hart & Co around 1849.
Early cards of this time did not have numbers until 1870. Cards also had square corners in the early years, the King, Queen and Jacks had a full figure but glossy coatings were not produced until around the 20th century.
It was quite common that as soldiers went on to the battlefield they would empty out their bags of any ill repute contents so that if they were killed in battle, playing cards and other items would not be found on them, to give them a bad reputation to their family if found.