Excellent set of “Cartes Oracle” fortune telling cards made by Heron. The seller to me – a very knowledgeable card seller – dated these cards to the 1970s, and that seems right. However, there is nothing on the cards, pamphlet, or box, or in the literature available to me, to indicate a date.
This is a Lenormand type fortune telling deck in the sense that the fortune telling cards include inset playing cards. The set of cards is complete at 32 cards, plus a consultant card. The side of the box states: “33 cartes pouvant être utilisées pour patiences et jeux de de 32 cartes.” If I am translating correctly, it appears that the deck is being advertised as suitable for playing patience, in addition to fortune telling. The playing cards that are inset into the fortune cards comprise a complete 32-card piquet/skat deck (i.e., 4 x Ace, 7-King). The cards are accompanied by a pamphlet in French describing the deck and how to use it. The cards are wide, measuring 89mm x 63mm, and come in the original box.
The cards and box are “as new.” The pamphlet is in excellent condition. It is larger than the box and has been folded in the middle so that it may fit inside the box. In the picture for this listing this fold causes some shadows; however, the pamphlet is not stained or yellowed in any way.
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