Goodall “Pashas” Playing Cards, c.1900

Mint deck of “Pashas” brand cards, made by Charles Goodall & Sons, Ltd. The World Web Playing Card Museum dates these cards to the 1890s (WWPCM #01521), but dates the Joker that is in this deck c.1900-1916. The Ace of Spades is the Ace that Ken Lodge shows as 4.2 (1898-1925), the court cards appear to be the courts that he shows as G6 (1895-1925), and the wrapper specifically states that the deck is one “containing the Joker,” suggesting that it dates to a time when the inclusion of a Joker in British packs still warranted special mention. The tax wrapper is one that was used from 1883-1952. On balance, I have dated the deck c.1900.

The deck has 52 cards, plus 1 Joker. The cards are wide, measuring 90mm x 65mm. They come in the original wrapper, as noted above. The backs are a blue geometric pattern against a very light pink background -- striking because of the juxtaposition of these colors.

The cards are mint, removed from the wrapper to be inspected and photographed for this listing. The wrapper is in excellent condition, “as new” or very nearly so, except where cut to allow for inspection.

Reference: Lodge, The Standard English Pattern, p.27, G6 and p.31, 4.2

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