Just like the "Joker of the Month" in the Jokers section we will select a "Deck of the Month" from all the decks that we could add to our collection during that month. It will be what we consider our best find. We've started this section in April 2007 and without any doubt we can say here that over the years there will be antique, vintage and modern decks shown on these pages. Age, design and value of the chosen decks may be very different each time.


April 2024                           

Every once in a while I participate in an auction. In the last week of March there was an auction house in France, where I won a total of 7 lots. However, most of the lots consisted of 2 to 4 decks, of which only 1 deck was interesting for me, and I wound up with 20 decks in total. And I won 3 decks in the 52+Joker auction, of which two have already arrived, the 1900 Paris Exposition deck by Tom Jones, which will be added to the present xpo next month, and the Piroxloid (celluloid) deck.

So you'll probably see a few of these decks on this spot in the coming months. Unless, of course, I find an even better deck in the meantime.

 

I will start with one deck (from a lot of 4), which had been on our wish list for a long time. In fact since 1997, when Max Segeth described this deck in his catalogue as "äusserst selten" (extremely rare) and we didn't win it. It's a French deck by a small and rather unknown publisher from Paris. In fact the full name of this publisher is not clear either, as it's only known as L.G.L. I couldn't find any reference on the WWPCM site and the WOPC site showed the deck, but without adding any information or date. So I contacted Pascal Pette, a seasoned French collector, and, although there's little known about this company, he could provide some information. The Editions L.G.L. was located at 45 Avenue Kléber in Paris. The company had already published a Game of the Goose, titled "Le jeu de Paris - La Parisienne" by Madeline Luka, in 1942.
For the playing cards Pascal had found an invoice with the "Les Jeux L.G.L." letterhead from October 1946. Pascal comes to the conclusion that the decks must have been published after December 31, 1945, when the strict rules and regulations about playing cards were abolished. I don't think that the Jeux L.G.L. publishing company has lasted for a very long time in the playing cards field.
I've mentioned L.G.L. as publisher a few times, because I share the opinion of Pascal Pette that L.G.L. was most likely not the printer. So that name will remain unknown at this moment.

There are 3 known decks, published by L.G.L., but they all seem to be hard to find. This could mean that the three decks have not been published in large numbers. Two of them have a Spanish or Spanish orientated pattern, of which one can be qualified as non-standard and, with some goodwill, with Art Deco influences. The same can be said about our Deck of the Month, a non-standard version of the Anglo-American (a.k.a. International) pattern, which was published as "Bridgpoker", probably sometime between 1946 and 1950.

This is all the information that's currently available, unless of course some visitor of this page can provide additional info.
So now it's time to enjoy the designs.....

 

I'm not a true connoisseur of the Anglo-American or International pattern, but I do like the published anomalies and this deck would qualify as such. It has the looks and some of the characteristics of the pattern, like the one eyed jack of spades with his intriguing attribute and the overall intricate and colourful patterns in the center, but on the other hand it lacks the suicide king (of hearts) and typical attributes of other courts have been changed.

 

A special design on the ace of spades is also a characteristic of the international pattern. The frame, in which the suits are set, is used on all pip cards too.

 

 

 

The deck consists of 52 cards, a joker and a blanc card. The latter is obviously not counted, as the box mentions 53 cards on both sides, just like it mentions "jeux L.G.L. paris" on the bottom and the top flap.