Twin decks of superb maritime cards made by Ets. Mesmaeker Freres, S.A. for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique c.1950. One of the decks, with salmon colored backs, is still in its wrapper. The other deck, with light green backs, is open, and the faces of the cards shown in the picture are from that deck.
Each deck has 52 cards, plus 2 delightful Mesmaekers Jokers, plus a backed blank card. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm, and have gold gilt at the corners. Each deck is in its original telescope type box.
As noted, the deck with salmon backs is mint and still in its wrapper. The cards with light green backs in the open deck are in excellent condition, lightly used, with approximately 75% of the gold gilt intact. The box of the deck with salmon backs is in excellent condition, with light soiling in places and very minor shelf wear. The box of the deck with light green backs is in no better than good condition, if that, as the top flap of the outside box is separated along 3 sides and held on at the fourth side with the help of tape.
The mint, sealed deck is for sale separately for $45; the open deck is for sale separately for $30. The cost of shipping and insurance assumes that both decks are purchased; if only one deck is purchased, shipping and insurance will be less.
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