Excellent double deck set of barrel shaped cards made c.1940 by USPC affiliate, E. Errett Smith, called “Contoura.” Apparently designed by a Jane Mensch, the Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia observes that the convex shape has “no practical advantages.” It should be noted that in 1939, a Finnish card maker, Abo Stentryckeri, made a barrel shaped set of cards, called “Turun Linna,” also known as “Turku Castle.” These “Contoura” cards may be a USPC response to those well-known cards.
Each deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. As noted, the cards are barrel-shaped, measuring 89mm x 57mm (middle) and x 37mm (ends). The cards are housed in the original box.
The cards are in excellent lightly used condition, with edge wear, and with a slight stain to the back of one of the diamond Kings. The box is also in excellent condition, with slight indentations to the lid, and a slight hole in the interior tray.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.300, O27
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