Victorian Silver Mounted Tortoiseshell Card Box

Saunders & Shepherd, Chester 1895
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A Victorian silver mounted tortoiseshell twin-pack playing Card Box, of rectangular form with hinged lid and sprung push button opening mechanism, the lid with an applied pierced silver vacant cartouche to the centre and the four suits to each corner. The box contains two packs of contemporary Dondorf playing cards and has two Camden 'Tom Thumb' Whist Markers secured in the lid.

By Saunders & Shepherd, Chester 1895.

The cards by B. Dondorf, Frankfort: ‘Rokoko-Bild No.158’

Two antique sets of Dondorf's “Rokoko” No.158 playing cards, with beautiful court cards and floral backs. The designs have clear outlines which stand out against a tinted background. The two black Jacks carry halberds; the Jack of Clubs reads “B. Dondorf” and “Frankfort a/m”. The other two Jacks are a falconer and an archer. Although the court figures are not an accurate reflection of any historical period, this deck has been nicknamed “Rococo”. The cards are slightly small by contemporary standards, measuring 85x58mm. This pattern was published between 1889-1933, at first with no Joker, which was added in 1906 along with small indices in German or English. The cards printed by chromolithography with gold corners. The backs show honeysuckle on a blue ground.

Sold - £565.00

In good condition, a small sliver of tortoiseshell missing near clasp recess
60 mm (2.36 inches)
102 mm (4.02 inches)
74 mm (2.91 inches)
Stock Code
Silver & Tortoiseshell