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Published October 03, 2016 Updated April 25, 2022

Deakin’s 3rd edition

Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888.

1888 United Kingdom Deakin & Co Willis & Co. Political Add to Collection

Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition published by the wholesale stationers Deakin & Company, 45 Eastcheap, London E.C. and manufactured by W.H. Willis & Co, c.1888. The court cards are double-ended portraits of prominent statesmen of the day, satirising political issues, and the ace of spades and box have a design reminiscent of Big Ben with the title and maker’s name. The pip cards have miniature ‘triplicate’ indices in two opposing corners.

The packs were printed in three editions by Willis and Co. See  1st Edition

Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888
Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888 Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888

Above: Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888

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