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Topic: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Sometime ago I was watching OHMSS and in the scene where James Bond enters the Alpine Room at Piz Gloria and the 'Angels of Death' are congregated, I spotted a set of playing cards on a glass table the design looked unusual to most playing cards I had ever seen and that set me on a quest to try and identify them.

https://i.postimg.cc/9QkQ34tK/PLAYING-CARDS.jpg

Having obtained some hi-res screen grabs of the scene in question the search started and working on the knowledge that the Alpine Room scenes were filmed at Piz Gloria the cards had to be European, so with that in mind I researched European playing card manufacturers eg: Grimaud, Fournier, Müller and Piatnik.

Well after seven months, by sheer luck my quest finally came to an end with a positive identification, I came across an obscure book on Ebay titled ‘The Complete Patience Book’ by Basil Dalton (no relation, I assume!!) and on the cover were images of the playing cards, I contacted the seller who confirmed the cover images were credited inside the book and duly purchased the book.

https://i.postimg.cc/Y2x2rDz1/DALTON-BOOK.jpg

The information inside credited the cards to the printer Thomas De la Rue and the designer Jean Picart le Doux.

With that information I have managed to find out the following:
Thomas De la Rue held the First International Playing Card Week in London to celebrate their 125th anniversary and artists from various countries were invited to submit designs for new court cards, those submitted by Jean Picart le Doux, a French tapestry designer were chosen, the cards finally went on sale for 25 shillings per double pack in October 1957.

So there we have it, as I suspected a European design but printed by a British playing card manufacturer, the cards really are unique in their design and came presented in a plastic box which in turn was housed in a nicely printed outer cardboard box, these cards were later sold as single sets in a generic Thomas De la Rue cardboard box.

Thank you for reading and Happy Christmas.   ajb007/martini  ajb007/martini  ajb007/martini

https://i.postimg.cc/rwswYGW5/BOX-3.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/gjGYy3mX/CARDS-1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/QMWxjXft/SPADES.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/1thRtLdK/HEARTS.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/qqQp1gvm/CLUBS.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/vBrY60Fw/DIAMONDS.jpg

One of us smells like a tart's handkerchief.

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Are these the same ones? If so, then Happy Christmas!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/254742618857

Cheers,

Blair

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Fantastic detective work! These are out there, too. https://www.wopc.co.uk/delarue/picart/index

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I love a good bit of sleuthing... great stuff.

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They look the same to me, you should snap them up, Acacia! ajb007/smile

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Fantastic research and dedication, AA  ajb007/martini

YNWA 96

The Unbearables

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emtiem wrote:

They look the same to me, you should snap them up, Acacia! ajb007/smile

The pictures in my post are from the set I bought  ajb007/martini  ajb007/martini

And ‘Thank You’ everyone glad you all like the post ajb007/martini

One of us smells like a tart's handkerchief.

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Great research and many thanks for your work on identification

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Love it - thank you for sharing

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Love those cards. Thanks for sharing and enjoy yours.

"Any of the opposition around..?"

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Great détective job ! Thanks for sharing!!  ajb007/martini

- François

1.GE 2.FRWL 3.CR 4.FYEO 5.LALD 6.TSWLM
7.GF 8.TLD 9.TND 10.SF

"Where’s Fekkesh?” “Pyramids.” *thwap* “AHHHHHHH!”

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Great detective work Robert. I must have seen that film at least 30 times and never noticed them. Seeing your photos, as with everything else in OHMSS, these cards are a stylish cut above.

Peter Hunt strikes me as someone who liked the finer things in life, I wonder if his attention to detail went as far as picking out these cards, or whether that was something down to Peter Lamont?

Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".

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Wow, great research! They are a beautiful and unusual set indeed. Thank you for sharing this  'top tier paper tat' story with us!  ajb007/cheers

"How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

FANTASTIC work, Rob!!!!  You've done a superlative job in identifying these cards. They make a great addition to anyone's OHMSS Collection. ---Ed

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Congratulations, great find!

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Very nice!!
Merry Christmas!  ajb007/bond

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Re: OHMSS - Piz Gloria, Alpine Room playing cards

Great job, I bet there are a few people looking for them now.
Have a great Festive Season and take care.

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https://rareplayingcards.jimdofree.com/gran-bretagna/

Only ones I've managed to find, if anybody wanted a set................

Hope you are all having as good a Xmas as you can and take care.

There is another set but more expensive.............

https://www.get-collectables.co.uk/rare … 7716-p.asp