01 July 2016

N20 Allen & Ginter Prize & Game Chickens 25: Silver-Spangled Polish

Just like yesterday's bird, here is a chicken that I don't have a lot of information on. There is a fair amount of information on the Polish in general, but the Silver-Spangled variety seems to have fallen out of favor since this card was released in around 1891. I did find an illustration of some Silver-Spangled Polish chickens from a book published in 1880, so this was definitely a thing that existed back then. There are also a whole ton of different color varieties of the Polish bird, so it is conceivable that these still exist somewhere, especially as I found some very similar birds like Silver-Laced Polish. The Polish breed itself is really only rumored to be from Poland, as no one really knows where they came from. Some people say they came from the Netherlands. They are a relatively small chicken, and are mostly used these days as show birds or to dress up backyard flocks with their fancy feathered crests.

This N20 1891 Allen & Ginter Fifty Prize & Game Chickens card came from the same eBay lot as the last several cards I've shown. It is the last card from that lot, and is probably in the roughest condition out of the bunch. It's a bit dirty and the surface is pocked and lined in spots. Not enough, though, to make this card undesirable to me. As my 25th card from the set, it brings me halfway to completion of the set.


  1. If that's the worst conditioned card, then you're doing really well on your set build! Those feathers on the top make that chicken look very well-to-do.

    1. Yeah, it's not really in bad shape for being 125 years old. I still have 25 more of these things to track down. They do have some pretty fancy feathers, and they come in a whole variety of colors.