Wonderful advertising cards --.maker and date unknown – for Axminster Carpets, Ltd., featuring court cards with pictures of sheep. According to the box, the King sheep is William and the Queen sheep is Mary. The Jack sheep is another male, but I don't know his name. William and Mary were names of children of William Peter Sprague, founder of Axminster Carpets in the 18th century. Perhaps there is a connection there, but I don't really know why the sheep have those names. It appears that the cards advertise a carpet brand, "Axminster 100," and I have tried to learn about that particular brand in hopes that it would help to date the cards, but to no avail.
The deck has 52 cards, with 4 original Aces and with the sheep court cards noted, plus 2 Jokers, plus an extra card describing how to buy additional decks. The cards are slightly long bridge size, measuring 91mm x 59mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are in excellent condition, "as new" or very nearly so. The box is in very good, perhaps even excellent, condition, except for a place on the front where there is the residue of a place where a sticker was removed.
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