Two mint decks of cards from Waddington’s “Sporting Birds” series made c.1930s, featuring signed illustrations by William Barribal, the famous British artist. Barribal designed backs for many Waddington decks in the 1920s and 1930s, in different series including this "Sporting Birds" series, which portrayed various large birds, including the two decks listed here, “Mallard” and “Pheasant.”
Each deck has 52 cards, including an “anonymous” Ace of Spades (no Waddington name), plus a standard Waddington Joker. The courts are those numbered W2.1 by Lodge, and the anonymous Ace of Spades noted is the Waddington Ace, numbered 4 by Lodge. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 59mm, with gold gilt around. They came to me in a double deck box, and are sold with that box here, but there is nothing about the box to indicate that it is original or related to these cards, and frankly I have my doubts.
The cards are in mint condition, with all gold gilt pristine and brilliant; the “Mallard” deck is still in its cellophane wrapper. The included box, whether or not original, is in “as new” condition.
There is also a stand alone deck of the Barribal “Mallard” deck for sale in this shop (T00001023).
Each of the decks in this listing is available separately for $35.
References: Lodge, The Standard English Pattern, p.45, W2.1 and pp.52-3, 4.
THE DOMESTIC SHIPPING AND INSURANCE CHARGES GIVEN BELOW ASSUME THAT BOTH DECKS ARE PURCHASED. IF ONE DECK IS PURCHASED SHIPPING AND INSURANCE WILL BE LESS.
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