Superb deck of maritime cards made by Modiano for Italy’s Costa Line, known as “Linea C.” I am uncertain of the date of these cards. There is no tax stamp on the Ace of Hearts and that dates them later than 1972. However, there is an interesting Modiano “seal” (wax?) taped on the box, of a kind that I have never seen before. It is possible that this holds a clue to the date of the deck, but I have been unable to learn anything about it. My guess is that it once served as a seal to the deck. To complicate things a bit further, the box is quite worn, with one top flap taped on and its side flaps missing, suggesting the cards are older, but the cards themselves are pristine. I have dated this deck c.1975, but that is very close to a guess.
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 standard Modiano Jokers. The cards are slightly wide bridge size, measuring 89mm x 60mm. They come in the original box.
The cards are in superb, “as new” condition. The box is as described above. The “seal” described above is taped onto the front of the box.
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