These cards feature designs from illustrations of Pixies stealing food, found in a scrapbook dating from 1877.
Packs of six contain one of each card design. Packs of 12 contain two of each design.
The cards are A6-sized (10.5x14.8cm), printed on premium recycled card, and are blank inside. Each pack includes cards and envelopes.
Printed in the UK.
According to 19th century lore, pixies were benign but mischievous creatures that usually appeared at night, gathering in large numbers when people were asleep. They had slanting eyes and hair that pointed upwards and they were plump little sprites.
This charming series of illustrations was found in a journal kept by a wealthy person as a souvenir of a Grand Tour of Europe. They show pixies making off with food from a dinner table. Two of them wrestle to open a mussel shell, others triumphantly haul off a chicken or grab wine and cheese. Another pixie dances on a walnut while his friend keeps watch.
These fantasy images are likely to have been collected as a souvenir of dinner on board a ship since they were all pasted onto the same page dated 1877. The opposite side of each illustration was blank but the gorgeous colors of these whimsical pixie images are still vibrant after all this time.