Remarkable and very rare set of maritime quartet cards, made by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland at or about the time of the launch of Oranje, the famous Nederland Line ship. The illustrations on the cards are by Flip Hamers, a successful Dutch artist and the son of a celebrated Dutch architect of the same name.
The lengthy description of the Oranje in Wikipedia begins as follows:
“MS Oranje, later known as Angelina Lauro, was a passenger liner, a wartime hospital ship and finally a cruise ship that was burnt out and subsequently lost while being towed for scrap. She sank in a storm in the mid-Pacific, on 24 September 1979. The ship underwent 25 years' service as Oranje, and fifteen as Angelina Lauro. She was a cruise ship for the last seven years of her career.
“Oranje was commissioned by the Nederlandsche Stoomvaart Maatschapij (Nederland Line / Netherland Line), and was built in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1938–1939 by the Netherlands Shipbuilding Company. She was launched by Queen Wilhelmina and named Oranje in honour of the Royal House of Orange on 8 September 1938. She undertook sea trials in June 1939 and attained a speed of 26 knots (48 km/h), making her the world's most powerful and fastest motor liner at the time. She was built to carry passengers to the Dutch East Indies.”
The set has 48 cards, 12 maritime-themed families of 4 cards each, plus 1 extra card with the rules of the game. The cards are bilingual, in Dutch and English, and Hamers has signed each card. The cards are large, measuring 101mm x 62mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are in very good, perhaps excellent, lightly used condition, with minor edge wear and evidence of handling. It is important to remember is that this is a children’s game. The box is in no better than good condition, if that, with considerable wear, light soiling, and a hole on one side.
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