Tobacco card cravers find satisfaction with this antique non-sport set lot of (4). These ancient sets feature subjects such as flags, weapons, animals and fish, issued by famous brands Allen & Ginter, Hassan and Sweet Caporal during the period 1887-1911. Two of the four sets are complete and the other two are 94% and 90% of the way there, lacking three and five cards respectively.
As is typical to the period of origin, some examples are affected by reverse side album residue and/or surface paper loss on the reverse only. Overall the majority of the (272) different cards included are unaffected by these conditions and these sets remain highly desirable, ranging from average to better, with:
1887 Allen & Ginter N3 Arms of All Nations near set of (45/50) ranging (FR to VG) with deference to 47% with writing, adhesive residue and/or surface paper loss on the reverse only, depicting men with weapons from around the world, the obverses are generally pleasing with vivid, colorful images
1888 Allen & Ginter N17 Naval Flags near set of (47/50) ranging (FR to VG-EX) with deference to 30% with reverse side album adhesive residue and/or surface paper loss, the obverses of this set are also very pleasing with brilliant colors
1909-1911 Hassan T29 Animals Series complete set of (80) average (GD to VG) with deference to 25% with light traces of residue on the reverse and (2) cards with surface paper loss, this set is comprised of (2) series of (40) each, with one series having corresponding text on the reverse and the other series with reverse side factory advertising only
1910 Sweet Caporal T58 Fish Series complete set of (100) ranging (GD to VG-EX) with deference to 10% with reverse side residue/surface loss, (50) cards are printed with "Fish Series-1 to 50" on the reverse including (3) with Piedmont backs and (50) cards are printed with "Fish Series-1 to 100", (97) cards have Sweet Caporal backs