The World of Playing Cards website has a brief history of Charles Goodall & Son. The history includes this description of the merger of Goodall with De La Rue in 1922:
"With World War I the business climate deteriorated and since no successors were suitably qualified in 1922 Charles Goodall and Son was merged with De La Rue. The Camden Works were kept open until around 1929 and the Goodall name and brand names were still used until much later. After the merger identical packs were sold apparently haphazardly under the De la Rue and Goodall names, with De la Rue and Goodall Aces of Spades and Jokers used indiscriminately."
The gorgeous double deck set of patience cards listed here is an example of the "indiscriminate" use of Goodall and De La Rue Aces of Spades and Jokers. The decks come in a lovely custom Goodall box, and have the traditional "Goodall" Joker that would be used by De La Rue for many years after the merger. But even though housed in a Goodall box, with this Goodall Joker and Goodall designs on the court cards, the Ace of Spades for each deck is a De La Rue Ace of Spades.
In any event, each deck has 52 cards, including a De La Rue Ace, plus a Goodall Joker, plus a blank card. The cards are slightly long and slim patience size, measuring 68mm x 41mm, with beautiful gold gilt around. As noted above, the cards are housed in an attractive custom Goodall box.
The cards are "as new" with virtually all gold gilt intact. The box is in very good condition for its age, but with very light soiling in places and an indentation on one of the surfaces with identifying lettering.
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