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    "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    I found this unique item near a 1878 house.

    Is says "Common Sense" and has a patent date of Dec. 29 1885.

    This was a popular item in the saloon and for river boat gamblers in the late 1800s.

    The alligator clip held the card and the other was a cuff link.
    The last picture is the same item which was selling on ebay.
    Just wanted to get yall's input on this.

    Thanks
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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Great find!
    Just because it did not work does not mean it was not a good plan!

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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    I dont think its for cards. I think its just to hold the cuff. Common misconception. Ill pull up the patent when I get a chance. They are also in my Sears catalog.
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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Breezie?Where are you Breezie
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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Quote Originally Posted by bigcypresshunter
    I dont think its for cards. I think its just to hold the cuff. Common misconception. Ill pull up the patent when I get a chance. They are also in my Sears catalog.
    wow i learn something everyday here nice find ALAMOTX
    BCH is "right on" with the ID
    Here are 2 examples from an 1895 Montgomery Ward Catalog
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  7. #6

    Apr 2008
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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    I have to disagree

    On the ebay auction, they said they were used to cheat in poker.

    Also why would it say "Common Sense"

    ALAMOTX

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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Maybe you are being facetious,but if you arent,never,take what anybody says on E-Bay as the truth!!!Most dont know and the rest are trying to dramatize to sell!!!!
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon



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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Quote Originally Posted by kuger
    Maybe you are being facetious,but if you arent,never,take what anybody says on E-Bay as the truth!!!Most dont know and the rest are trying to dramatize to sell!!!!
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    That is a very cool find. I've never found one--but now I really want one!


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  10. #9

    Apr 2008
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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Well guys

    There's lots of speculation on whether it was used for card cheating or a cuff holder.

    Alot of auctions in the internet list similar devices as card cheating or cuff holders.

    I want to thank you guys for your help on this one and whatever it was used for, its still one of my top finds.

    Thanks Again!


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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Quote Originally Posted by ALAMOTX
    Well guys

    There's lots of speculation on whether it was used for card cheating or a cuff holder.

    Alot of auctions in the internet list similar devices as card cheating or cuff holders.

    I want to thank you guys for your help on this one and whatever it was used for, its still one of my top finds.

    Thanks Again!

    Lets use 'common sense' on this one What would the teeth on that thing do to a card it was holding. Remembering that any little bends or knicks are picked up as cheating, card tampering is easy to spot, so why risk putting teeth marks on your card?

    Also would make it fiddling to get out without drawing attention. Those teeth are for grip.

    PS. I never trust ebay or the internet unless I have the knowledge to unpick whats true & whats a load of BS.
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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    although maybe not made for cheating
    Dosn't mean they wern't used for it by certain Individules.

    The 1883 V Nickel wasn't made for Plating
    Gold & being Used as a $5.00 piece. But
    some were.

    Cool Find with an Intresting History !

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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Quote Originally Posted by bigcypresshunter
    I dont think its for cards. I think its just to hold the cuff. Common misconception. Ill pull up the patent when I get a chance. They are also in my Sears catalog.
    I saw this post late last night and bigcypresshunters reply. Seemed like he was preoccupied
    so i had to check out my catalog. The examples i posted are later styles than what was found.
    I am curious to see what the patent says they were used for beings i have no luck searching
    patents. I'll let it up to bigcypresshunter or anyone else here to provide a proof "positive" ID
    for you ALAMOTX

    good luck diggin !! Mike

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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Quote Originally Posted by ALAMOTX
    I have to disagree

    On the ebay auction, they said they were used to cheat in poker.

    Also why would it say "Common Sense"

    ALAMOTX
    Long sleeve shirts are used to cheat in poker as well. That doesnt mean that is its original intended purpose. Ill search for the patent.

    Dramatizing the item helps sell it on eBay. Does the brand name "Common Sense" have a special meaning in poker?

    Its possible that at some later date when cuff holders were no longer considered srandard dress attire, that someone attempted to use these items to cheat at cards. But I dont believe that was its manufactured intended purpose and Im assuming you had some doubts and that is why you posted it here in "What Is It."

    I dont think it would fool anybody either in the late 1800's -TOC because they were sold everywhere. Its a cool find but here at the What Is It forum our main purpose is to properly ID the item. So we will keep researching.

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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    The bad part about internet is that someone posts something as such and it is copied by another, and before you know it, it is considered fact. Next thing you know they will be sold as Confederate. I like the way this seller clips a Samuel Hart playing card to it.
    http://www.tombstoneoutfitters.com/store/antiques.htm
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    A quick search did not reveal the patent but dont you think that the Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck mail order catalogs would have mentioned somewhere in the ads that these were created for playing (cheating) cards? All it says is that for a dollar a dozen they are "very practical." I think we need to look at the original sales ads, not eBay for our references. Thanks for posting the old ad Mike. When I get a chance Ill post the Sears Roebucks version.

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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    The fact that "maybe" someone at some time used one of these to conceal a hidden card means nothing. It's a very cool find but I'd bet the farm that if the patent is found there will be no mention of cards and there will be no mention in any old catalogs either. Cheating at cards in the 1800s could get you shot. It's a cuff holder, nothing more. Anybody who believes the inflated Ebay descriptions should stop what you're doing right now and go buy some of these "LOT OF 40 COBS COINS SPANISH PIRATE MARAVEDIS" because as well all know, only real "pirates" owned hammered bronze Spanish coins... And Jesse James threw away all that pesky paper money he stole and only kept the pennies.....
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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Quote Originally Posted by NHBandit
    The fact that "maybe" someone at some time used one of these to conceal a hidden card means nothing. It's a very cool find but I'd bet the farm that if the patent is found there will be no mention of cards and there will be no mention in any old catalogs either. Cheating at cards in the 1800s could get you shot. It's a cuff holder, nothing more. Anybody who believes the inflated Ebay descriptions should stop what you're doing right now and go buy some of these "LOT OF 40 COBS COINS SPANISH PIRATE MARAVEDIS" because as well all know, only real "pirates" owned hammered bronze Spanish coins... And Jesse James threw away all that pesky paper money he stole and only kept the pennies.....
    I agree with NHBandit. We all like to fantasize about the Old West but this gadget is NOT practical. I can imagine fumbling about trying to release this card from the grip of the notched clamp. . I agree with Kugar, ...and as NHB said, hiding a card with this gadget could get you shot.
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    Millions of these were sold to hold a gentlemans cuff in place. Ill try later to pull up the patent abstract in its entirety.
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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Kansas has posted the patent here and you can read the abstact . http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,292231.0.html

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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    The devices used to cheat at cards I have seen are spring loaded so that the card is pushed out of the cuff into the hand. I agree that the teeth on the clip would mar the card and probably would get a gambler shot in the wild west. I have to say the ebay thing is hype and what you have is a cuff holder. Monty
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    Re: "Common Sense" card cheater cuff link

    Quote Originally Posted by Monty
    The devices used to cheat at cards I have seen are spring loaded so that the card is pushed out of the cuff into the hand. I agree that the teeth on the clip would mar the card and probably would get a gambler shot in the wild west. I have to say the ebay thing is hype and what you have is a cuff holder. Monty
    exactly, high stakes - observant players would notice that in a flash
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