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Sands & McDougall Court Cards

Sands & McDougall Court Cards

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Several styles of court cards and aces of spades are known to have been issued over time. Some are shown here.

1st Type

Above: plain ace or with brand name in scroll, copies of NYCCC’s wide courts, can be tiny or standard pip/indices size, two or four colours, c.1898-1910. Ace of spades courtesy Ray Nilsson.


2nd Type

Ace of spades with the coats of arms of Australian states around, c.1900 onwards. Redrawn court cards with more idiosyncratic designs.

Above & Right: two colour and four colour courts, c.1910-1930.


3rd Type

Above: new designs of four colour and two colour courts with Invicta ace & joker, 1930s-40s. These courts are similar to those of the National Card Co courts used until the 1940s by the Canadian PCCo. Images courtesy Ken Lodge.

CREDITS: Unless otherwise stated, images courtesy John Daniels.

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