Mint double deck set of wonderful cards made by Grimaud in 1984, featuring designs by Gerard Gallet Designs. The images for the court cards were inspired by the typical passengers who traveled in luxury by rail in the 1920s and 30s, and the jokers by a railway guard from the same period. These are different cards than the extremely beautiful Orient Express cards made by Grimaud at or about the same time, based upon its own deck of 1890 known as “Indiennes” with designs similar to the Dondorf’s “Vier-Erdteile” cards. Both sets of Grimaud Orient Express cards from the1980s are discussed at the World of Playing Cards website.
Each deck has 52 suited cards, plus the 2 unconventional Jokers noted above, plus 2 additional cards, 1 in French and 1 in English, introducing the deck. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, with gold gilt at the corners, and come in the original VSOE presentation box.
The cards are mint; one deck is still in its wrapper, and the other is in mint condition. The box is “as new.”
There is another set of these cards for sale in this shop (T00004181), slightly less expensive because the box does not close perfectly.
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