Excellent deck of cards, made by Chas. Goodall & Son and published by Oxford publisher Joseph Vincent c.1925, shortly after Goodall was absorbed into De La Rue, titled “Oxford College Arms Playing Cards.” The backs of the cards depict the coats of arms of the then existing Colleges of Oxford University – at that time 22. The cards can be fairly reliably dated. The Joker is the Goodall / De La Rue Joker (“Ltd.” not “Lim”), numbered 4.4 by Lodge that he dates to 1922-1950, and the courts are those numbered GD9 by Lodge that he dates to 1922-1941. However, St. Peter’s College, founded in 1929, is not among the colleges whose coats of arms are shown, and it is reasonable to assume that the cards pre-date the foundation of that college.
There are 52 cards, plus a Goodall Joker. The cards are wide, measuring 90mm x 64mm, and are in the original telescope type box.
The cards are in excellent condition, very clean, lightly used if at all. The box is also in excellent condition, with relatively light soiling to the outer box and sample card, but otherwise without issues.
Reference: Lodge, The Standard English Pattern, pp. 28, 32; GD9 and 4.4
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