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Faustino Solesio “Mercante in Fiera” Card Game, c. 1949
Absolutely gorgeous set of “Mercante in Fiera” cards, made by Faustino Solesio of Genoa, c. 1949. For those not familiar it, “Mercante in Fiera” (“Merchant at the Fair’) is a very popular game in Italy, based entirely upon luck, in which children and adults have an equal chance of winning. The cards listed here are accompanied by a paper insert in Italian; I assume that it describes how the game is played.
A set of “Mercante in Fiera” cards has 2 decks of 40 cards, with identical illustrations on the card faces, and contrasting backs. The subjects illustrated vary between card makers, and the set listed here features birds, animals and flowers (nos. 1-25, each deck) and exotic persons and places (nos. 26-40, each deck.)
This set is complete, with 80 cards as noted above. The cards are slightly large bridge size, measuring 92mm x 60mm, and come in what is left of the original box.
The cards and paper insert are in superb, “as new” condition. However, the box is a mess – once very beautiful, and now in pieces.
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