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Litografia Uniao (Portugal) “Sandeman” Playing Cards, Adv. Sandeman Port & Sherry, c.1970
Very attractive and somewhat rare deck of cards made by Litografia Uniao of Portugal for Sandeman, renowned maker of port and sherry for over 200 years. The maker’s name is on the red 4s, in addition to the Ace of Spades. Fournier shows these cards -- although I do not know what is advertised on the backs of the deck in the museum – and dates them to 1970, and I have adopted that date.
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 delightful Jokers. The court cards have what seems to me to be an unusual variant of the standard English pattern, one that may be unique to these cards (or may be more common than I know!). The cards are wide, measuring 90mm x 62mm, and come in the original box.
The cards and box are in “as new” condition. They are nicely made.
Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, Portugal 45.
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