Bridge set

Description (Brief)
A bridge set consisting of 4 score tablets, numbered 1 through 4. Each tablet has a celluloid cover in a different color (blue, red, black, and gold). The gold cover is marbled; the rest are solid. Each tablet cover has a stylized design made of three angular pieces of celluloid glued to the top left-hand corner. These tablets are for auction bridge, which was developed from straight bridge in 1904 and was a precursor to contract bridge.
Auction bridge is scored whenever the required number of tricks (9 in No Trump; 10 in Hearts and Spades; 11 in Clubs or Diamonds) is scored. In contract bridge, the number of points from tricks taken past bid do not count towards making a game. Bridge evolved from whist, an earlier trick-taking game.
Currently not on view
Object Name
bridge set
date made
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (cover material)
paper (back material)
overall: 11.7 cm x 7 cm x .6 cm; 4 5/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 1/4 in
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catalog number
accession number
Sports & Leisure
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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