Mint, sealed (cards, not box) deck of cards made by Canadian Playing Card Co. According to the back of the box, it appears that the design of the cards was registered by Kellys of Halifax, and the box has a remnant of the tax stamp that was in use in Canada from 1915-1928. I recently sold an open deck of these cards, and the Joker and Ace of Spades in that deck were the Joker and Ace used by CPCC in its “Colonial Bridge” deck, except that the brand name – “Colonial Bridge” – did not appear on the Ace. Dawson/Hochman date the “Colonial Bridge” brand to 1925, and I have dated this Nova Scotia deck the same. Images of the Ace of Spades and Joker from the “Colonial Bridge” deck can be seen at the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM02198).
The backs depict the original flag of Nova Scotia with the Ancient Arms of Nova Scotia granted by King Charles in the 1620s. This was the first flag to be flown in the Commonwealth outside of Great Britain. According to a website that discusses the history of this flag:
“The Ancient Arms of Nova Scotia were substituted by a less-impressive Arms in 1868 following Confederation. However, the new Arms were a poor substitute and the citizens tried for decades to have the original Arms reinstated. Finally, in 1921, the tricentennial of Nova Scotia's Royal Charter, historians and scholars met in Annapolis Royal to petition the government to have the Ancient Arms reinstated. In 1929, in response to the petition, King George V reinstated the Ancient Arms of Nova Scotia by Royal Warrant."
I suspect that this deck is related to that tricentennial effort. These are bridge size cards (89mm x 57mm), and presumably the deck is complete at 52 cards, plus the terrific Joker, plus an insert card with auction bridge scoring. The cards come in their original box, and have gold gilt all around.
As noted, the cards are mint and sealed, with all gold gilt intact. The box is in very good condition, with wear on the top flap and minor signs of wear elsewhere, but reasonably clean and otherwise without issues.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.171, CDN8.
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