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Celluloid Trump indicator

Celluloid Trump indicator

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Description (Brief)
An imitation-ivory celluloid trump indicator. A figure in the shape of a cancan dancer points a hinged leg toward "no trump" or one of the four suits in play. It is unmarked and probably dates from the 1920s.
Currently not on view
Object Name
trump indicator
date made
ca 1920
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
overall: 7 cm x 7 cm x 2.3 cm; 2 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 7/8 in
overall: 2 13/16 in x 2 7/8 in x 15/16 in; 7.14375 cm x 7.3025 cm x 2.38125 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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