This item consists of 5 color lithographed Antique Reward of Merit Cards, decorative cards given by the school or church teacher to a student who had exhibited good works or good behaviors. This tradition began in the 18th century with hand drawn cards and was continued into Victorian and Edwardian periods with printed cards. The cards include: (1) 3.5"x 3" Excelsior! Certificate of Fifty Merits with an illustration of a cottage which was issued in May 1888 to Edna Chisholm by her teacher Katie Gledhill: (2) 3.5"x 3" Excelsior! Certificate of Fifty Merits with an illustration of church issued on Nov. 21, 1888 to Inez Cary from her teacher L. Hall; (3) 2"x 3.75" Reward of Merit with an illustration of young girl in a pink dress with tan apron holding a toy lamb and a poem about a tender heart and a kissed toy; (4) 2.75"x 5" Reward of Merit with an illustration of a young girl watching a bird in a cage and illustration of children playing on a swing issued to Miss Estella Marton by her teacher Cary A. Clark. The fine print states that this card was "Entered according to an Act of Congress in 1862 by W. & C.K. Herrick in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the U.S. for the Southern District of New York."; and (5) 3.5"x 2.25" Reward of Merit with an illustration of a young smiling boy holding up an open book with the word "Prize" and a decorative gold floral urn and border awarded to Frank Ernst by his teacher E. Merkelbach. All of these Antique Reward of Merit Cards are in Very Good condition with their original bright colors and their medium to heavy weight paper intact. The fifth card has damage on back where it had been glued into an album. Ideal as additions to a collection or for use in art.