Gaffed Skeleton Faro Box


This is an open-sided gaffed faro box. It is commonly known as the skeleton box, or sometimes called the skin box. The maker of this particular skeleton box is unknown, but these were commonly made by several manufacturers. These boxes were listed in all the crooked gambling supply catalogs.

This box can be used to deal seconds, or as a "square" box. Faro was usually dealt with the cards facing upwards, inside the box, as shown in this photo. However, for second dealing the cards would have to be face down, which was also sometimes the practice.


gaffed skeleton faro box


This faro box was sold at an auction, in October 2009, for $1,210.


For those interested in the rules of faro, please visit our rules of card games chapter, on our sister site Playing Cards Online.