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Mathematical Instruments

miniature English court cards from an engraved set titled 'Mathematical Instruments', c.1700

Mathematical Instruments, Thomas Tuttell, c.1700

An elaborately engraved pack of cards forming an instrument maker's trade catalogue. Each card has a title within a fancy cartouche, with a miniature playing card in the top right corner. An illustration of the use of the various instruments used in surveying, navigation, fortification & gunnery, mining, engineering, astronomy, etc., is shown with a description below. The Four of Diamonds features an almanac for the year 1701. The Nine of Clubs has a tax stamp. Plain backs.

Mathematical Instruments playing cards, Tho. Tuttell, c.1700

Above: Mathematical Instruments playing cards by Thomas Tuttell, Mathematical Instrument Maker to the King's most excellent Majesty, c.1700.

Last Updated September 07, 2015 at 10:18am


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