Bridge set featuring 2 beautiful decks by Waddington housed with a score pad and pencil inside a leather (or faux leather) case. One of the decks is the "Pheasant" deck from Barribal's "British Sporting Birds" series, and it is mint and sealed in its wrapper. The other deck is untitled (I have called it "Kittens" in this listing), and there is no artist signature. These cards are reminiscent of the "Dog" series by Lucy Dawson or Harry Rountree, but there is nothing to indicate that they or either of them designed the cards. The "Pheasant" cards can be dated c.1933, and I have assumed that 1933 a good date for the entire set. The set, including the case, are in a cardboard box that may also be original, as it is a perfect fit.
The open deck has 52 cards, plus 1 Joker, plus 1 backed blank card. The Spade Ace (of the open deck) is a derivative of the 1920s Goodall Ace, but is not shown in Ken Lodge's book. Similarly, I don't find these precise courts anywhere in the Lodge book. It is also interesting to note that the still-sealed "Pheasant" deck has a different Joker than the open deck. The cards of both decks are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, with gold gilt around.
The cards of the open deck are mint – they were still in a much damaged wrapper when the set came to me and the many pieces of that wrapper are gone. The leather (or faux leather) case is in excellent condition, and the score pad and pencil are in good condition, with rust on the staple holding the score pad together.
Reference: Lodge, The Standard English Pattern, passim.
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