Extremely beautiful early De la Rue standard deck, without indices, made for export. It has square corners and beautiful backs. The “Exportation” Ace of Spades dates it to the period 1852-1862. In 1862, De la Rue would change to the oval-shaped Ace with which we are familiar today.
The deck has 52 suited cards. The cards are large and wide, measuring 93mm x 64mm, with beautiful gold gilt all around. They came to me in a “wallet” case, which may not be original. The case is old, but does not seem to be as old as the cards.
The cards are in exceptional condition, with one minor qualification. The face of the Ace of Spades is not as “white” as the other cards. It is not soiling, or at least I don’t think so, but rather an “off-white” background to the card face; it is a little less bright. The tone may be some kind of transfer from one of the surfaces of the wallet case. Otherwise the cards are in exceptionally fine condition for a deck that is about 160 years old. The gold gilt is vibrant and beautiful. The wallet case is in very good condition with only modest wear.
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