Butterfly Cigarette Card Guide (Collectables)

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Butterflies On Cigarette Cards (Collectables) - Naturally Artistic

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Cigarette cards were issued on numerous topics and the butterfly is definitely one of the popular ones. These beautiful creatures reveal nature's artistic propensity to the full. Butterflies come in a myriad of colours and shapes that have inspired artists and designers for generations. Below I've listed a selection of some of the most attractive butterfly card sets that I've come across in my six years of trading on eBay. I've provided scans of a sample card from each set and I've tried to list as many card titles as possible. As with many butterflies, some of the cards are now quite rare. 

Butterfly Card Sets

  • Name Of Set: British Butterflies (Large)
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1934
  • Card Number: 25
  • Butterfly Names: Scotch Argus, Adonis Blue, Large Blue, Brimstone, Black-Veined Brown, Camberwell Beauty, Clouded Yellow, Comma,Small Copper, Marsh Fritillary, Silver-Washed Fritillary, Grayling, Marbled White, Orange Tip, Pained Lady, Peacock, Purple Emperor, Brown Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Red Admiral, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Swallowtail, Small Tortoiseshell and Wall.
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  • Name Of Set: Butterflies and Moths
  • Manufacturer: WM. Clarke & Son
  • Issue Year: 1912
  • Card Number: 50
  • Butterfly Names: Goat Moth, Common Dagger Moth, Pine Hawk-Moth, Australian Moth, Lackey Moth, Death's-head Hawk-Moth, Pale Tussock Moth, Common Tiger Moth, Puss Moth, Poplar Hawk-Moth, Gipsy Moth, Oleander Hawk-Moth, Red Admiral, Mexican Moth, Large White Butterfly, Spurge Hawk-Moth, Large Tortoiseshell, Apollo Butterfly, Swallowtail Butterflly, Privet Hawk-Moth, Purple Emperor, Peacock Butterlfy, Brimstone Butterfly, Silver-washed Fritillary, Lime Hawk-Moth, Brimstone Moth, Black Arches Moth, Bee Hawk-Moth, Pine Beauty Moth, Scarlet Tiger Moth, Elephant Hawk-Moth,Broad-bordered five-spot Burnet,Buff-Tip Moth,Vine Hawk-Moth,Spotted Tiger Moth,Magpie Moth, Camberwell Beauty Butterfly, Small Tortoiseshell, Lappet Moth, Great Peacock Moth, Eyed Hawk-Moth, Humming Bird Hawk-Moth, Comma Butterfly, Gold Tail Moth, Tau Emperor Moth, Clifden Nonpareil or Blue Underwing Moth, Burnished Brass Moth, Emperor Moth, Jersey Tiger Moth and Drinker Moth.
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  • Name Of Set: Butterflies and Moths
  • Manufacturer: William Gossage
  • Issue Year: 1924
  • Card Number: 48
  • Butterfly Names: Red Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone, Large Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, High Brown Fritillary, Marbled White,Brown, Large White, Chalk Hill Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Orange Tip, Swallowtail, Small Tortoise-shell, Silver-Washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Wall, Green Veined White, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Comma, Purple Emperor, Grayling Butterfly, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Death's Head Hawk, Privet Hawk Moth, Eyed Hawk Moth, Poplar Hawk Moth, Lime Hawk Moth, Cinnabar Moth, Garden Tiger Moth, Oak Eggar Moth, Six-Spotted Burnett, Cream - Spot Tiger, Buff Ermine Moth, Red Underwing Moth, Pale Clouded Yellow Butterfly, Adonis Blue, Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, Brizzled Skipper, Ringlet,Brown Hairstreak, Small White, Small Meadow Brown, Purple Hairstreak, Large Heath and Large Skipper.
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  • Name Of Set: Butterflies (Girls)
  • Manufacturer: British American Tobacco
  • Issue Year: 1928
  • Card Number: 50
  • Butterfly Names: Swallowtail, Peacock Butterfly, Agernica Amphinome, Evenus Regalis, Chrysiridia, The Marbled White, The Common Tiger Moth, Ornithoptera Remus, The Large Copper Butterfly, Anclyuris Meboeus, The Red Admiral, Hectorides Ascanius, The Death's Head Moth, The Purple Emperor, Caligo Illioneus, Metamorpha Dido, Morpho Archilles, Banded Soldier, Helicopis Acis, Episteme Lectrix, Argganis  Pandosa, The Orange Tip, Cethosia Mahratta, Cydimon Sloanus, Euchromia Polymona, Leptocircus Meges, Indian Leaf Butterfly, Morpho Adonis, Caerois Chorinaeus, Protogonius Fabius, Eratina Leptocircata, The Silver Studded Blue, Illiades Agenor, The Brimstone Butterfly, Miniodes Discolor, Catacala Electa, Anteros Achaeus, Euptychia Brixius, Myrina Silenus, The Painted Lady, The Glanville Fritillary and Parides Oeneas.
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  • Name Of Set: A Butterfly Chase S761
  • Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
  • Issue Year: 1904
  • Card Number: 6
  • Butterfly Names: n/a
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  • Name Of Set: Butterflies S519
  • Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
  • Issue Year: 1897
  • Card Number: 6
  • Butterfly Names: ?
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  • Name Of Set: Butterflies
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1932
  • Card Number: 50
  • Butterfly Names: Adonis Blue, Large Blue, Brimstone, Black Veined Brown, Camberwell Beauty, Clouded Yellow, Comma, Small Copper, Marsh Fritillary, Silver Washed Fritillary, Marbled White, Orange Tip, Painted Lady, Peacock, Purple Emperor, Purple Hair Streak, Red Admiral, Swallowtail, Small Tortoise Shell, Wall……..
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  • Name Of Set: British Butterflies
  • Manufacturer: WD and HO Wills
  • Issue Year: 1927
  • Card Number: 50
  • Butterfly Names: Red Admiral, White Admiral, Scotch Argus, Adonis Blue, Chalk Hill Blue, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Large Blue, Mazarine Blue, Silver Studded Blue, Small Blue, Brimstone, Black Veined Brown, Hedge Brown, Meadow Brown, Camberwell Beauty, Comma, Large Copper, Small Copper, Dark Green Fritillary, Glanville Fritillary, Heath Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary, Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Queen of Spain Fritillary, Silver Washed Fritillary, Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Grayling, Brown Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Orange Tip, Painted Lady, Peacock, Ringlett, Purple Emperor, Speckled Wood, Swallow Tail, Large Tortoiseshell, Small Tortoiseshell, Wall, Bath White, Black Veined White, Green Veined White, Large White, Marlbed White, Small White, Wood White, Clouded Yellow and Pale Clouded Yellow.
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  • Name Of Set: Butterflies And Moths (Large)
  • Manufacturer: WD and HO Wills
  • Issue Year: 1938
  • Card Number: 40
  • Butterfly Names: The Swallow-Tail Butterfly, Orange Tip Butterfly, Brimstone, Silver-Washed Fritillary, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Camberwell Beauty, Peacock, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Grayling, Purple Emperor, Wall, Brown Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Large Blue, Adonis Blue, Large Skipper, Death's-Head Hawk-Moth, Eyed Hawk-Moth, Broad-Bordered Bee Hawk-Moth, Puss, Buff Tip, Garden Tiger, Heart and Dart, Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing, Dot, Orange Sallow, Mullein, Red Underwing, Mallow, Argent and Sable, Magpie, Brimstone, Lunar Thorn,  Oak Beauty, Six-Spot Burnet and Leopard.
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