This reproduction deck was produced and published by John Berry in 2003 in association with the International Playing Card society. John Berry, sadly no longer with us, was probably one of the most learned experts on playing cards there has ever been. His work on cards is legendary comprising many articles and booklets, he also produced the catalogue for the Waddington's collection and wrote the detailed work "Playing Cards of the World"
The deck shown here is a copy of a pack first produced in 1874 by De La Rue to celebrate the marriage of Victoria's second son, Alfred the Duke of Edinburgh, to Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovina, daughter of Alexander 11 of Russia. The four aces depict Victoria, General Grant, Tsar Alexander the 11 and Kaiser William 1. The court cards show the various royals across the European households. Shown here from top left to bottom right being the King of the Belgians. The empress of Austria, the Crown Princess of Germany, the jacks are images meant to represent the various nations the J of Diamonds being Spanish. As with nearly all these decks they have never been used and remain virtually mint, in their original box with explanation leaflets.