Mint set of cards with a wonderful art deco design on the backs that came in a box marked "No. 126 Pageant." The box was sealed with the tax stamp when I received it, but I could learn nothing about the brand, and so I cut the stamp to see what was inside. According to the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM #03040), the Joker is a joker that was used in the Hamilton brand beginning in 1926,. The Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia notes that Russell Playing Card Co. became a part of the United States Playing Card Company in 1929. This deck includes an Auction Bridge scoring card revised as of 1926, and so I have attributed the deck to Russell – possibly a short-lived predecessor to the Hamilton brand. However, it is quite possible that this deck is a USPC brand, made after Russell was absorbed into USPC. The brand is not mentioned anywhere online that I can find, or in literature available to me.
The deck has 52 cards, plus the Joker and Auction Bridge scoring card noted. The cards are bridge size, measuring 90mm x 58mm, and come in the original Pageant box.
As noted, the cards are mint. The box is in excellent condition, with very little shelf wear for a 90 year old deck. Again, I cut the tax stamp.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p. 136.
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