Two beautiful decks of cards made by Catel et Farcy c.1965, called “Jeu de Blocus” and described as follows in Fournier:
“Jeu de Blocus I and II decks with 32 cards and a Joker each deck. The first shows ‘La Grande Armée,’ the Joker representing Napoleon, and the remaining cards show representative personalities from his reign. Back is printed with a Napoleonic eagle. The second deck represents ‘Les Armées Alliées.’ The Joker depicts the Czar of Russia, Alexander I, and the rest of the cards show personalities from England, Austria, Prussia and Russia, and soldiers from the Allied Countries, and on the back, a two-headed Russian eagle with coats of arms of their allies.”
The decks were published together with a custom box and a 72-page booklet, but this listing is only for the two decks of cards. There is no booklet, and no box. As noted in Fournier, each deck is complete with 32 cards, 1 Joker, and 1 extra card. The extra card of each deck is the same, but otherwise, the cards of each deck are different. The cards are very large, measuring 105mm x 78mm, with gold gilt at the corners. Again, there is no box.
All of the cards in each deck are “as new,” with all gold gilt intact.
Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, France 443.
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