Pigmy Playing Cards
Pigmy miniature playing cards manufactured by Thomas De la Rue, c.1890. The deck has square corners and plain blue backs. The "Dexter indexes" are interesting in that the suit-signs in the corners bear a number in white upon them; the 2s and 3s have had their pips moved to accomodate this scheme. The corners of the Aces bear the outline of the respective suit, in which is the word ace. There is no marking of any sort on the Ace of Spades. The suit signs on the courts bear the letters Kg on a King, Qn on a Queen, and a Kn (shorthand for "Knave") on a Jack. The original Dexter indices placed inside the corner pips had several variants: Kn or J for Jack; two arrangements of Aces, twos and threes; and 1 or ace on the Aces. This type of index was introduced in around 1878 and continued until c.1890. There are no jokers in this edition. The cards measure 3 x 4.5 cms.