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CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Forbidden City Ltd., Beijing.

200765 Forbidden City Ltd., Beijing. Old Calendar. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: Potpourri of various photographs of the deck, in color. 2006.
The Chinese calendars were traditionally illustrated with young women. They were intended to spread harmony and happiness. All cards reproduce such pictures. They are different from the deck by AAA.
Min. damaged ill. OCase, mint.

AUSTRIA - NON STANDARD TAROT CARDS - Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna.

280461 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna. Eclectic Tarot. No. 1943. Design: Josef Machynka (born 1957). SF. 78, complete. Offset, 125x70 mm, rc, 1 I. Backs: The sun surrounded by the suit-signs of the deck, gilt on black background. 1987.
Lit.: Kaplan III 583; DSM [1988] 141.
The four suits are dedicated to the elements: Wands = fire, Cups = water, Swords = air and Coins = earth.
OCase, French booklet of commentaries by Josef Machynka (82 pp.), mint.


310057 Maker unknown. Sultan. 36, complete. Color lith., 35x26 mm, rc, 4 I on the pips. Backs: Ad of the cigarettes SULTAN No. 6 for 3 1/3 Pfennig each in blue. c1935.
Miniature deck.
Almost mint.

JAPAN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto.

330462 Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto. Nissan Palsus. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 87x61 mm, rc, Backs: Standing crusaders with chain-mail coat, shield and lance. Maker's name & logo on AS. 1971.
Lit.: Braun 768.
Inside a suit, the illustrations on K, Q and J are identical. They show medieval figures holding in one half of the cards a French suit-sign, in the other half a Spanish one. Spades/Swords have a knight in armour, Clubs/Clubs a squire, Diamonds/Coins a merchant and Hearts/Cups the lady of the castle. The joker is a court jester playing the lute. Edition of 2,250.
OBox, mint.

FRANCE - NON STANDARD CARDS - Editions Face&Dos, Paris.

380283 Editions Face&Dos, Paris. Chaos, Poch, Rock & HNT. 32 + 2 EC, complete. Offset, 88x58 mm, rc, Backs: Panel with a regular pattern of circles and triangles, in BW. 2005.
The post-graffiti artists Chaos, Poch, Rock and HNT wish to model the urban landscape with their pictures and logos. Here a selection of their works (the numerals are, instead of 7-10, 7, 8, 9 and 13).
Min. damaged OCase, mint.

GREAT BRITAIN - - The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddington?s Playing Cards).

008938 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddington?s Playing Cards). Commemorating the Wedding of Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips on November 14th, 1973. 2 x 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 88x58 mm, round corners, gilt or silver edge, 2 English index marks. The Princess in a gilt frame, or the Captain in a silver frame, showjumping. 1973.

Fournier II p. 73; Thorpe [2001] pp. 84-85.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master K.H.M. Crabbe.

Minimally damaged original plastic box of the WCMPC with the arms of the Company in gilt on the lid, mint (the gilt deck still sealed).


200655 Cerberus, Breda. Theater of Pain. Design: Cerberus (Colin Peters). 52 + JJ (all different) + 2 text cards, compl. Offset, 105x65 mm, rc, Backs: Trellis made of flowers and skulls, B/W on light-grey background. 2005.
The courts display protagonists of the first (1994-1996) and of the second (1999-2002) Chechen wars, e.g. Boris Jeltsin (KH), Vladimir Putin (KD), Aslan Maschadov (KC, president of Chechnya)... Except for QD, the Q are allegories (soldier's mother, black widow...) AH and AS are illustrated, one of the jokers portrays the artist himself. The deck was printed after linocuts in an edition of 1000 (B/W and brown for H and D, B/W and grey for S and C). Our copies are signed by hand by the artist.
OBox, mint.


200629 Lo Scarabeo, Torino. The Tarot of Dürer. Tarot de Dürer. Design: Giacinto Gaudenzi (concept: Manfredi Toraldo, idea: Pietro Alligo). 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: Old man and the Death in a frame of cherubs and vine, green. 2002.
It is again and again amazing how the illustrators commissioned by Lo Scarabeo succeed in varying the pictures of famous artists and integrating them into the tarot pattern in a very convincing manner. Such is the case anew.
OCase, multilingual booklet (64 pp., English, Italian, Spanish, French, German), mint.

GERMANY - PRUSSIA PATTERN - Vereinigte Altenburger & Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, Inc., Altenburg.

310037 Vereinigte Altenburger & Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, Inc., Altenburg. German Card. 36, complete. Color lith., 35x26 mm, rc, 4 I. on the pips. Backs: Plaid, red. Logo (Dondorf's Dragon) on Deuce of Hearts. c1935.
Lit.: Kohlmann/Radau 35 I; comp. Mann coll. 110.
Miniature deck with sights on the numerals.
Slightly worn.

CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong.

200754 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Sailing I. "Ace" No. 611. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on red background. c2005.
Reproductions of works by contemporary marine painters (Roy Cross, Derek Gardner, John M. Groves...) in the style of the 19th century.
OCase, mint.

AUSTRIA - HAPPY FAMILIES - Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna.

320513 Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna. Trachten Quartett (Game of Costumes). Design: Anny Schröder (1898-1972). 12 x 4 cards, complete. Color lith., 120x77 mm, square corners. Backs: Plaid, olive-green, red and blue. Maker's name (WW) on all cards. 1918.
Lit.: Schweiger, Wiener Werkstätte. Kunst und Handwerk 1903-1932, p. 99 (Abb.)
The families are marked by frames in various colors. They display traditional costumes from different German regions: Hamburg, Hanover, Prussia, Bavaria, Bohemia, Switzerland, Tyrol... Fine and charming scenes. The artist has signed the deck on the wrapper and on Prussia I.
Damaged ill. OWrapper, rules, slightly worn.

ITALY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Arti Grafiche Alinari Baglioni, Firenze.

380340 Arti Grafiche Alinari Baglioni, Firenze. Calcio Storico Fiorentino. Design: Costante Costantini. 40 + title card, complete. Offset, 96x63 mm, rc, Backs: Overall pattern of lozenges including the Florentine lily in B/W. Maker's name on 2 of Coins. 1978.
Lit.: Braun 2018.
Playing-cards of the Florentine historical football in costumes of the 16th century. Each suit represents one of the participating parts of town.
In original wooden box, mint.


310056 Maker unknown. Union. 32, complete. Color lith., 35x27 mm, square corners, 4 I on the pips. Backs: Ad of the cigarettes RAMONA at the price of 4 Pfennig each and UNION No. 6 for 3 1/3 Pfennig each in red (Nefertiti's head). "UNION Cigarettenfabrik Dresden" on 9H, logo (little man with a G instead of the head) on Deuce of Hearts. c1935.
Miniature deck.
Almost mint - slightly worn.

GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, Altenburg.

380069 VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, Altenburg. La Belle Alliance - The nice alliance - Souvenir of the big Battle of the Nations near Leipzig on October 16, 17, 18 & 19, 1813. 36 + 4 EC, complete. Offset, 102x63 mm, square corners, Backs: Trellis with flowers, red. 1988.
Lit.: Braun/DDR AS 1988/7.
Reprint of a deck by the Leipzig manufacturer Carl Heinrich Zoelcke (c1820).
OCase, folder of explanations, mint.


200776 Fcy Co. Kittens. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x62 mm, rc, Backs: 2 kittens and blooming branches in an oval, ornated border. c2005.
On all cards are kittens playing in a garden full of flowers.
Min. damaged OBox, mint.