1904 Cohen Weenen Naval & Military Phrases Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Cohen Weenen Naval & Military Phrases
Year 1904
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set

1904 Cohen Weenen Naval & Military Phrases Set Overview

1904 Cohen Weenen Military PhrasesThese cards were issued by Cohen, Weenen & Company for their cigarette packages. The firm was based in London and, as a result, the cards are not seen too often here in the U.S. compared to other sets.

One of Cohen Weenen’s most popular sets is a 25-card set of boxers issued in 1912. But the company created numerous card sets — and often they are rare.

This is one of their rarer sets. It can be considered almost entirely a non-sports set. However, at least one sports card of sorts is included in it – a boxing card. The set includes various phrases commonly heard in a military setting. Each card includes a color cartoon loosely related to a particular phrase. They are mostly humorous in nature since they don’t really depict the true meaning of the phrases.

The boxing card, for example, is called Boxing the Compass. Boxing the compass is a mariner’s exercise where all all 32 points of a compass are named in clockwise order. This card instead pictures a boxer with gloves on actually preparing to fight a compass.

A final note is that these cards are found with two different backs. One back is printed in red ink and calls the cards Series No. 1, stating that the company would have other series’ soon. A second, rarer back is in blue ink and is called the Sweet Crop back as it advertises the company’s Sweet Crop Smoking Mixture. Cohen Weenen called it ‘A most delicious smoke’ that was ‘always reliable.’ The blue ink backs say the cards are part of a series of 400 subjects but only 30 cards are known in this specific set.

The cards are pretty rare to find and not seen all that often. Commons typically sell in the $5-$10 range while the boxing card may cost a little more due to its sports nature.

1904 Cohen Weenen Naval & Military Phrases Checklist

Cards known to be in the set are below and any sports-themed cards are identified in parentheses.

  1. Boxing the Compass (Boxing)
  2. Double
  3. Engineers Damming a Stream
  4. Fall In
  5. A Left Wheel
  6. Mess
  7. Ordered to the Front or Receiving Marching Orders
  8. Prepare to Receive Cavalry
  9. Saluting the General
  10. Shoulder Arms
  11. Sighting a Fast Craft
  12. Splicing the Main Brace
  13. A Storm Brewing
  14. Take Post Under Cover
  15. Taken in Tow
  16. Taking the Mate’s Watch
  17. TBD
  18. TBD
  19. TBD
  20. TBD
  21. TBD
  22. TBD
  23. TBD
  24. TBD
  25. TBD
  26. TBD
  27. TBD
  28. TBD
  29. TBD
  30. TBD
  31. TBD
  32. TBD
  33. TBD
  34. TBD
  35. TBD
  36. TBD
  37. TBD
  38. TBD
  39. TBD
  40. TBD

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