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1861 Gambling Set

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Not everything in this case actually belonged to a C. Haskell in 1861, but it is all 18th-century material. It's still worth a fair bit.



  • Fact 1: In the mid to late 19th century, many gamblers made their living traveling across the American west and setting up temporary casinos in inns and saloons.
  • Fact 2: Gambling kits often included weapons to protect their owners from angry (and often inebriated) customers.
  • Fact 3: Poker evolved in the bars of New Orleans in the early 19th century from traditional sailors' games, and traveled north and west with early settlers.
  • Fact 4: Early dice and gambling chips were made from carved ivory or bone, and are descended from the knuclebones used by ancient gamblers and fotune-tellers.
  • Fact 5: The first known playing cards date back to 9th-century China. Traders brought card games to Europe in the 14th century.

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