Card collector’s rare Victorian cards go up for auction tomorrow

Victorian cards from Raphael Tuck & Sons.
Victorian cards from Raphael Tuck & Sons.

Over 6,500 mainly Victorian Christmas cards as well as other historic greeting cards go under the hammer tomorrow (15 December) at Dominic Winter Auctioneers tomorrow as a private collection is put up for auction.

The greeting cards, split into 28 lots are estimated to go for between £6,500 and £10,000.

Included in the collection are a number of cards with moveable parts, such as this one in which Father Christmas’ beard can be moved to reveal the greeting.
Included in the collection are a number of cards with moveable parts, such as this one in which Father Christmas’ beard can be moved to reveal the greeting.

The cards are from the private collection of George Fleming, who amassed the collection over some nearly 50 years. In an article for Antique Collecting magazine George said of his collection: “My collection began by accident in 1970 on a visit to an antiquarian bookshop. Unimpressed by the books on offer, the owner offered me a battered scrapbook containing hundreds of greeting cards. Despite the age, the cards were in fine condition and immaculately printed in excellent colour lithography.”

A fold out rose card that dates back to 1850.
A fold out rose card that dates back to 1850.

His collection spans greeting card designs from the 1850s up to WW2 and a little after. All the well-known Victorian illustrators are represented in the collection, including Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway, Jane Dealy, Florence Upton, Rebecca Coleman and William Coleman.

A rare card depicting Mother Christmas.
A rare card depicting Mother Christmas.

One of the rarest cards in the collection is a card depicting Mother Christmas, from around 1870. The chromolithographed card, illuminated in gold, depicts Mother Christmas with wand, within a border of holly and toys, captioned above ‘With trumpets and with drums,/Lo! Mother Christmas comes.’ It is expected to fetch around £100.

Conversational text is nothing new  – this card dissuades the recipient from ever ‘getting the hump’!
Conversational text is nothing new  – this card dissuades the recipient from ever ‘getting the hump’!

www.dominicwinter.co.uk

 

 

 

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