Old Horse Trade / Cigarette Cards Guide (Collectables)

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Horses On Cigarette Cards (Collectables)

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Horses have played a prominent role in man's conquest of the planet. For thousands of years horses had served us as an efficient means of transport, maintaining the lives of our expanding populations through their work in agriculture and also helping us to crush our foes in military campaigns.

Although the 20th century gave birth to many new and exciting inventions and discoveries, there were many casualties. The horse was one of them, as machines rapidly replaced their traditional function in society. Fortunately, many horse breeds still survive today and are extremely popular in racing, show jumping, hunting and leisure pursuits.

Cigarette cards were issued on many topics from the 1870s-1930s, and the horse is one of them. Horse cigarette cards are very popular, especially since only a few were issued. I've listed a small selection of cigarette card sets containing horse cards below. I've provided scans of a sample card from each set and I've tried to list as many card titles as possible. 


Card Sets

  • Name Of Set: Types of Horses
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1939
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: The Thoroughbred, The Hunter, The Shire Horse, The Suffolk Horse, The Clydesdale Horse, The Cleveland Bay, The Yorkshire Coach Horse, The British Percheron, The Anglo - Arab, The Hackney, The Hackney Pony, The Active Vanner, The Heavy Draught Horse, The Pack-Horse, The Norfolk Roadster, The Polo Pony, The Officer's Charger, The Weight-Carrying Cob, The Shooting Cob, The Welsh Cob, The Welsh Pony, The Highland Pony, The Shetland Pony, The Dales Pony and The New Forest Pony.

  • Name Of Set: Horses
  • Manufacturer: Typhoo
  • Issue Year: 1935
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: Police Horse, Circus Horse, Arab Horse, Child's Pony, Hack Horse, Thoroughbred, Polo Pony, Cow Pony, Hunter, Cydesdale, Belgium Black, Cleveland Bay, Highland Pony, Suffolk Punch, Charger, Welsh Mountain Pony, The Riding Cob, Shetland Pony, Shire Horse, Artillery Horse, Dartmoor Pony, Show Jumper, Steeplechaser, Indian Mustang and Hackney.

  • Name Of Set: Riders Of The World
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1905
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: Polo Player, The Huntsman, Ceylon Planter, Australian Settler, Mounted Police, Royal Irish Constabulary, The Highwayman, The Crusader, Herald Trumpeter, Tent Pegging, Bengal Lancers, Gendarme a Cheval, Spanish Muleteer, A Boer Farmer, The Basuto, Mexican Cowboy, The Cowboy, The Bushranger, A Spahi from Algeria, Bedouin Arab, Somali Horseman, Chinese Mandarin, Circassian Brigand, A Tartar Chief, The Cossack, The English Horsewoman, Royal Postillion, Knight in Armour, The Cavalier, Young England, The Circus Rider, The Jockey, Canadian Mounted Police, Despatch Rider, Jack Ashore, Sailor, Pig Sticking, The Mahout in India, Indian Rajah, Afghan Chief, Boxer Chief, Mongolian Postman, Egyptian on Camel, Suez Donkey Boy, Turkoman, Persian Shah, A Kirghiz Bride, The Bashi-Bazouk, Red Indian, The Llanero from Venezuela, and The Patagonian Indian.

  • Name Of Set: Equestrian School
  • Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
  • Issue Year: 1938
  • Card Number: 6
  • Card Titles: ?

  • Name Of Set: Horses For Work And Sport
  • Manufacturer: DC Thomson
  • Issue Year: 1930s?
  • Card Number: 21
  • Card Titles: Mongolian Wild Horse, Dartmoor Pony, Shire Horse, American Saddle Horse, Hackney, Clydesdale, Thoroughbred, Polo Pony, Arab, Shetland Pony, Welsh Pony, Suffolk Punch, Yorkshire Coach Horse, Percheron, American Trotter, Hunter, Belgian, Cob, Highland Pony and Cleveland Bay.

  • Name Of Set: Horse - Drawn Vehicles, S538
  • Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
  • Issue Year: 1897
  • Card Number: 6
  • Card Titles: ?

  • Name Of Set: British Live Stock
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1915
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: Aberdeen Angus, Ayrshire, British Holstein, Shorthorn,Devon, Dexter, Hereford, Jersey, Lincolnshire Red Shorthorn, Welsh Black, Clydesdale, Hackney, Hunter, Shetland, Shire, Suffolk, Berkshire, Middle White, Scotch Black Face, Hampshire Down, Kent or Romney Marsh, Lincoln Long Wool, Shropshire, Southdown and Welsh Mountain.

  • Name Of Set: British Livestock (Blue Back) (XL)
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1923
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: The Aberdeen Angus, The Ayrshire, The British Holstein, The Shorthorn, The Devon, The Dexter, The Hereford, The Jersey, The Hunter, The Shetland, The Shire, The Suffolk, The Lincolnshire Red Shorthorn, The Welsh Black, The Clydesdale, The Hackney, The Berkshire, The Middle White, The Scotch Blackface, The Hampshire Down, Kent or Romney Marsh, The Lincoln Long-Wool, The Shropshire, The Southdown and The Welsh Mountain.

  • Name Of Set: Live Stock
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1925
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: Berkshire Boar, Gloucester Old Spot Boar, Aberdeen Angus Bull, British Friesian Bull, Dairy Shorthorn Bull, Hereford Bull, Kerry Bull, Red Poll Bull, Welsh Bull, Ayrshire Cows, Dexter Cow, Kerry Cow, Hackney Mare, Hackney Pony Stallion, Hunter Filly, Hunter Mare and Foal, Percheron Mare, Percheron Stallion, Polo Pony, Shire Mare, Shire Stallion, Roscommon Three Shear Ram, Shropshire Two Shear Ram, Southdown Two Shear Ram and Middle White Sow.
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