Complete set of twenty-five 1887 N127 Duke "Sea Captains" cards. Rarely offered complete set of these extremely popular and colorful tobacco cards. Condition is three Vg-Ex to Ex, three Vg, five Gd, five Fr, and nine Pr (including one with a possible slight trim). In addition to being one of nineteenth-century nonsport collecting's most beautiful and highly regarded large-style tobacco-card sets, this is also a particularly fascinating set with reference to content, with great significance to American culture in the nineteenth century. Back in the 1880s, being a sea captain was not a profession that was found only in works of fiction; it was a glamourous and exciting profession that elicited awe in youngsters and adults alike, and that had a status similar to that of decorated military generals, or astronauts of the Cold War era. This is truly a set from another time, now long forgotten, when being a sea captain was of such great prominence that members of this profession warranted being the subject of this magnificently designed tobacco-card set. This exceptionally colorful set was issued with Duke's Honest Long Cut tobacco brand. Each card (2-7/8 x 4-1/4 inches) features a portrait image of a famous sea captain, with his vessel's name and picture, and the shipping company and flag for which he sailed. A checklist and advertisement for Duke's Honest Long Cut Smoking & Chewing Tobacco appears on the reverse of each card. This very scarce issue is rarely seen as a complete set, and is highly prized by both nineteenth-century historical collectors and nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total: 25 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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