Double Deck “Dronning Margrethe II” Playing Cards, Queen Margrethe II Designs, Hans Christian Andersen “Shepherdess and Chimneysweeper,” c.1994

Mint, sealed (cards, not box) double deck of delightful cards, featuring designs by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, an accomplished artist. According to an accompanying paper pamphlet, the cards were originally developed by the Queen for a television adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale, "The Shepherdess and the Chimneysweeper," in which a pack of playing cards plays a pivotal role. The Queen thereafter granted the Danish Refugee Council the right to sell these cards, using her designs. The Danish Refugee Council is a private, humanitarian organization aiding and assisting refugees both in and outside Denmark. According to the World Web Playing Card Museum, the cards are published and/or made by Handy-Print A/S of Denmark (WWPCM04009).

As noted, the cards are sealed. I have elected not to open them. The cards can be seen at the WWPCM. It is my understanding that each deck has 52 cards, plus 3 Jokers, plus a blank card. They are quite long but of standard bridge width, measuring 111mm x 58mm, and are in the original box. As noted, there is a paper pamphlet that accompanies the cards and briefly describes them in four languages, Danish, English, German and French. The pamphlet is "as new." The box lid is separated at two of the corners and the box has very light soiling in two or three places.

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Item ID: T00002158

$45 USD

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