Rare and extraordinary early deck of cards, brand name “Parker,” with a terrific Joker, that appears to have been made in India. If so, it is a very early paper set of cards from India during British occupation.The Joker does not have much in common with any Joker of which I am aware by the British card makers, but the courts seem to be derived from Goodall courts, and the somewhat squat shape of the cards makes these designs reminiscent of early Goodall courts. I have dated the cards c.1920s, but that is a guess based upon the texture/quality of the paper used and the dates of Goodall courts most similar to those in this deck. Frankly, it is not certain that the cards were made in India, although the World Web Playing Card Museum shows these as an India deck, (WWPCM#14237) and it seems very likely it is.
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 1 wonderful Joker. [I have seen the Joker by itself offered on the internet for $50]. The cards are slightly short, measuring 86mm x 60mm. They come in the original box.
The cards are “as new.” The box is in no better than fair condition, missing its bottom flap and separating at one side.
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