Nasco was a Brown & Bigelow brand published during the 1930s and 1940s. The Ace and Joker of the deck here for sale are shown as Nasco cards at the World Web Playing Card Museum, although they are different than the Nasco Ace and Joker shown in the Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia. The Nasco brand featured art deco backs, and many are quite coveted. The backs of this deck – dogs that appear to be Scotty dogs -- are striking, although they may not technically qualify as an "art deco" design. The court cards have an original look because of the colors used.
The deck has 52 cards, plus a Joker, plus a bridge score card. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 57mm, with gold gilt around. The cards came in a folding snap holder with metal prongs inside at the fold. These kinds of holders were somewhat common in the 1920s and 1930s, but have shortcomings. They are open at the top and bottom and so cards housed in them – even if nearly unused – tend to have been exposed to light dust/dirt. Also, the metal prongs that hold the cards have been known to scratch the cards. The cards here for sale will travel to a buyer with this holder, but not inside it.
These cards are in excellent condition, except that they have very slight soiling, and the gilt edges have slight wear – both issues resulting from the holder; perhaps 50% -65% of the gold gilt remains. Also, the bridge score card has scratches on the back as a result of rubbing against the metal prongs inside the holder (separately pictured); the other cards have not been harmed.
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