Lawrence & Cohen deck c.1865, featuring designs by Owen Jones, the famous English playing card designer, who had designed many intricate and beautiful backs for De La Rue. In addition to the backs of the cards, in this deck Jones created an Ace of Spades for Lawrence & Cohen, drawing heavily upon the De La Rue Ace. The court cards of this deck are virtually identical to the De La Rue pattern designated D5 by Lodge.
These cards were made before Jokers were invented, and would be complete at 52 cards; however, this deck is missing the 8 of Clubs. The cards are square cornered, without indices, with unturned, double-ended courts, and the design used for the backs is very vibrant and beautiful. The cards are large and wide, measuring 94mm x 64mm, and the card stock is thick; there is no box.
The cards are in very good condition, with light soiling but without any tears, bends or creases; however, there is handwriting on the 4 of Diamonds (separately pictured). The faces of all cards, and a representative sample of the backs, are shown to assist in evaluating condition. The cards do not sit perfectly flat, but instead are slightly bowed.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.48, NY11; Lodge, The Standard English Pattern, p.11, D5.
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