A piquet pack, full deck 32/32 cards.
Small size 56mm x 84mm with Old Frizzle Ace of Spades.
Jigsaw patterned backs.
The Court cards are of an earlier period and reflect the designs of Stopforth leading us to assume a celebration pack of cards Queen Victoria’s Coronation.
The cards have been exposed to damp but they are still as intact as they ever were with no separation.
There are a lot of surface marks, more evident on the pip cards given the rarity of this deck we adjudge the markings to be minor.
This deck of playing cards 2*(32/32) are double ended cards without indices
Unusual in that they appear to be made from a single ended pattern cut in half – rather than a new design
Courts are cruder in design than one would expect
Cards are in good condition – a little grubby through light use – blue amoeba style backs
The playing cards are double ended courts (R2.1) – plain pink backs
Wrapper is either W1 or W2 ( the flap which show the difference has been torn off)
The address suggests 1860s/early1870s – Reynolds moved c early 1870s
The cards are wrapped firstly in a plain pink cover, then in a Reynold’s wrapper
“Josh Reynolds & Sons Highlanders”,
The tax wrapper is applied to this label and then on top of the tax label is another Reynolds label
“Superior Club House Playing Cards
27 to 30 Vere Street London”
The tax wrapper is a solid type and Reynolds have printed their name on it.
Cards (52/52) are mint – wrapper is torn and parts are missing but still very interesting.
With unusual coloring of turquoise / yellow / red turned double ended courts with plain slightly glossy backs
Cards are complete 52/52 and measure 54 cms by 83 cms (frame of courts measures 49 cms by 76 cms).
The Ace of Spades is cut very close to the lettering at the base – Interestingly the double ends are not mirror images of each other having small difference to features – ie size of noses and mouths
The suggestion is that these cards were used for Piquet but we are not sure why that would be and feel a form of Patience is more likely at this time
Condition is very good light use – no damage but slightly grubby on the glossy backs.
This consist of two packs of playing cards (32/32) identical backs with beautifully drawn pansies in purple, the other pack with a green background.
Courts are double ended, turned, no indices, square corners.
Cards are in good condition, lightly used – no damage.
The tax wrapper is solid style and Bancks Brothers have printed their own label in it – underneath there is a what appears to be a plain white wrapper
These cards are smaller format than usually – we assume complete and mint as the wrapper is undamaged – the cards are as sold over 130 years ago.
This piquet deck of playing cards (32/22) have interesting indices – they are mini pictures of cards in each corner.
Interestingly the mini court indices are full length courts but Willis appeared never to manufacture full length court cards
They produced these miniature indices on two different sets of cards – once with normal turned courts over the pip and this deck – which seemed to be produced a year later where the indices are turned and the pips placed in the other corner.
The backs are decorative with three smaller pictures almost like a postcards sent from a holiday –in pinks on blue
Complete 32/32 – Condition excellent/near mint
This deck of playing cards (52/52) are without indices and have courts with an unusual colour and pattern – with a lot of turquoise in the design.
The cards have a floral style back – pinks on black
The cards are undamaged but dirty due to use – cleaning should be possibly with this type of soiling.
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