Johnstone, Scotland: David Ritchie, 1890-1906. Six gilt-tooled pictorial morocco prize cards, each measuring 6.75 x 5.5 inches. Morocco cards in red, blue, brown, and tan; color pictorial pastedown to recto of each card; colored pastedown with publisher’s information to verso of each. Two holes punched at top of each card; original string for hanging present for five of the six cards. Lightest wear, occasional smudge to pastedowns.
Collection of six stylized prize cards produced by printer David Ritchie for the Barrhead Canary Club, just outside Glasgow, between 1890 and 1906. Located in the nearby Scottish village of Johnstone, Ritchie specialized in “Prize Cards for Cage Bird, Poultry, Pigeon, Canine, Agricultural, Horticultural, and other Societies’ Shows, Judging Books, Officials’ Badges, Rosettes, &c.” These whimsical portraits of winning cage birds -- 1st Prize Yellow Piebald Cock, 2nd Prize Yellow Cock, 3rd Prize Green Hen, 3rd Prize Clean or Foul Yellow Hen, 4th Best Bird, and 5th Special overall -- have a graphic appeal that transcends their immediate occasion. A delightful survival.