De La Rue. 3rd Design 1836. Exportation pack.
52 complete and housed in a beautifully decorated, papier-mache “Clement” box which has a little damage but is still in amazing condition given how delicate that material is. This box was part of a much larger compendium housing a variety of games. There were four of these smaller boxes containing cards, plus chess, draughts, gambling chips, dice, cup and so on. The person I bought them from in the USA in 1985 had been selling off the contents bit by bit, this was the last card box. He told me he thought “Clement” was either the name of the maker of the compendium or the distributor. Although there is some smudging to the face of the numerical cards where the back design has rubbed off, untouched might better describe their condition than unused! The backs of the cards are some decades ahead of their time and as such are a significant feature of this deck. It was very unusual for cards of this date to have any back colouring or design at all, much less patterns of this intricacy. Exportation ace decks are much harder to find than normal ace decks and this deck is as crisp as the day they were made. Free postage UK only