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Art Deco Bakelite Box w/Exquisite Playing Cards
FIRST, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT WHILE THERE ARE ISSUES WITH THIS MARVY OLD BOX, THE WHITE SPECKS ALL OVER ITS LID IN PHOTOS ARE NOT PRESENT IN REALITY.
That stated, this lidded decorative piece is black with pretty tobacco-colored swirls on the outside. (Swirls are canary yellow inside and on the bottom.) Measurements are approx. 3 3/4" x 3" x 1" deep. As is often the case with Bakelite that goes back this far, there is some age-appropriate dulling to the patina. Additionally, there are some pink marks on the lid (Please see last photo.) that look like nail polish, though remover didn't make a dent in these marks, so who knows what they are? Not overly distracting but, still, they're there.
The cards inside are in excellent vintage condition and are little works of art in and of themselves. Their backs feature an Art Nouveau-style floral rendering. On their flip sides, they feature marvelous depictions of men, women, butterflies, cupids, etc.--all 52 being intriguingly different!
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