Two antique maritime decks with extremely beautiful backs published by New Zealand and Federal Steamship Companies. The decks came to me with no Jokers and each deck has a special set of Aces that do not identify the maker. The seller to me indicated that they were made by Goodall, and the court cards are Lodge G5 courts. The World Web Playing Card Museum identifies these decks as De la Rue cards and even show a Pneumatic box (WWPCM #04505), but I don’t think that is correct. It is my understanding that by agreement the Federal Steamship Company was absorbed into the New Zealand Shipping Company in 1912, and I have adopted it as the date of these decks. They may date a few years later. Each deck is available separately for $50; both are for sale for $100.
Each deck has 52 suited cards. As noted above, each has a special set of Aces, but no Joker. I am inclined to think that they never had a Joker, but I don’t know for sure. The cards are wide, measuring 90mm x 63mm. There are no boxes.
The cards of both decks are in excellent condition, “as new” or nearly so.
Reference: Lodge, The Standard English Pattern, pp. 26-27, G5
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