This early-19th century playing card is from a set of 60 such cards, each devoted to a different province or territory of the Russian Empire, which at the time included the Grand Duchy of Finland, Congress Poland, and Russian America. One side of each card shows the local costume and the provincial coat of arms; the other side contains a map. This card depicts Estland Province, located in the northwestern part of the empire. The province borders the Gulf of Finland to the northwest and Lake Chudskoe to the southeast. Estland Province was established on the lands annexed from Sweden in the course of the Great Northern War of 1700-21. Reval (present-day Tallin, Estonia) was the administrative center. The card indicates that the distance from Reval to St. Petersburg was 358½ versts, and from Reval to Moscow, 1,018¼ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.
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9.5 x 6.5 centimeters. Color lithograph
Last updated: May 24, 2017