Here's something a bit unusual for our antique tobacco card collectors. Dating to 1889, this collection of Kinney N228 "Novelties" consists of discs, die-cuts and cards from five series. This comely accumulation boasts (163) different cards, mostly adorned with charming images of Victorian Era ladies, though a few other subjects are depicted.
The intriguing Kinney Novelties complete collection of 289 cards is made up of six series types, with sub-series designations "A" and "B" for Types 3 and 4. Representing nearly 60% of the total, this handsome group is a strong foundation towards building a complete run.
At the time of issue, "scrap-booking" was a very popular hobby. Given the nature of this collection, it comes as no surprise, that the majority are affected on the reverse side by typical surface paper loss and/or album paper/adhesive residue, however a fair number have clean reverses and many show legible printed text. These reverse conditions indicate that much of this collection was at one time assembled in albums or scrapbooks and as a result they were lovingly preserved, with obverses presenting in very pleasing condition overall, showing average VG-EX to EX details.
The rectangular cards making up the Type 5 series are printed on the reverse with: “The beauty and value of this collection is increased by cutting out to shape of design”. Many collectors followed this instruction, which positions uncut Type 5 cards, such as those offered in this lot, as somewhat scarce.
Type 2 complete set of (50) round disc cards with colored borders, all with female images
Type 3A near set of (23/25) die-cuts in various shapes, all with females
Type 3B near set of (41/50) die-cuts in various shapes, most are females, though a few are inanimate subjects, obverse surfaces are smooth
Type 4B starter set of (17/50) die-cuts in various shapes, subjects are the same as Typre 3B with the difference of having embossed obverse surfaces
Type 5 partial set of (32/50) rectangular cards with mostly females, though one male and a few inanimate subjects are included