Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894

Excellent double deck of Dondorf's beautiful "Rokoko" cards, No. 158, c.1894, with unique custom whist markers (Goodall type), in a handsome custom presentation box. The box has a crown and capital letter “H” on the lid. If one assumes that the box is of German origin, certainly the crown is very similar in appearance to the “Older Crown of Counts” for German-speaking countries that can be seen in a Wikipedia article titled “Crown (heraldry)”. However, I am advised by a very knowledgeable source that this does not mean that the cards and markers once belonged to a Count, as such a decoration could be used by anyone, including those of non-noble birth. Moreover, while it is clear that the markers are original to the box, and while the interior of the box is an ideal size for the slightly small Dondorf cards now housed there, there is nothing on the box or the markers to confirm that they are German-made or that the box has always housed these Dondorf cards.

There is no tax stamp on either deck. The Jack of Clubs reads "B. Dondorf" and "Frankfurt a/m,” and there are no indices. The decks are complete at 52 cards (never a joker), and the cards are slightly small by contemporary standards, measuring 85mm by 58mm, with gold gilt at the corners. There are no card boxes, just the custom box noted.

The whist markers are quite small, measuring 58mm x 38mm (from tip of tab to tip of tab), and are housed under thin hinged brass pieces in the underside of the lid of the presentation box. The markers are made of wood. One of the markers has a veneer of white ivory or faux ivory, with stained red ivory or faux ivory tabs. The other marker has shell or faux shell veneer, with white ivory or faux ivory tabs.

The box measures 99mm x 77mm on the lid, and stands 49mm in height. It has a velour type covering inside and out, with a linen pull tab inside. The box snaps shut and is opened by pressing a metal “bead” underneath the velour. In addition to the capital “H” and crown, the lid of the box is decorated with thin metal (brass?) suit symbols in 3 of the 4 corners. There was once a heart symbol in the remaining corner but it has gone missing.

The cards are in excellent lightly used condition, without issues of any kind and quite clean, with virtually all gold gilt intact. The whist markers are also in excellent condition, with all tabs functioning properly, although the white ivory (or faux ivory) veneer and tabs show a slight soiling. The box, including the hinged brass pieces that secure the markers, is also in excellent condition, except for the missing suit symbol on the lid noted above.

Reference: For Dondorf “Rokoko” cards, later printing, see: Fournier, Playing Cards, Germanic Countries 217.

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Item ID: T00001984

Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894

Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894
Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894
Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894
Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894
Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894
Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894
Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894
Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894
Double Deck Dondorf “Rokoko” Playing Cards, No. 158, w/ Whist Markers (Goodall Type) and Custom Presentation Box, c.1894

Excellent double deck of Dondorf's beautiful "Rokoko" cards, No. 158, c.1894, with unique custom whist markers (Goodall type), in a handsome custom presentation box. The box has a crown and capital letter “H” on the lid. If one assumes that the box is of German origin, certainly the crown is very similar in appearance to the “Older Crown of Counts” for German-speaking countries that can be seen in a Wikipedia article titled “Crown (heraldry)”. However, I am advised by a very knowledgeable source that this does not mean that the cards and markers once belonged to a Count, as such a decoration could be used by anyone, including those of non-noble birth. Moreover, while it is clear that the markers are original to the box, and while the interior of the box is an ideal size for the slightly small Dondorf cards now housed there, there is nothing on the box or the markers to confirm that they are German-made or that the box has always housed these Dondorf cards.

There is no tax stamp on either deck. The Jack of Clubs reads "B. Dondorf" and "Frankfurt a/m,” and there are no indices. The decks are complete at 52 cards (never a joker), and the cards are slightly small by contemporary standards, measuring 85mm by 58mm, with gold gilt at the corners. There are no card boxes, just the custom box noted.

The whist markers are quite small, measuring 58mm x 38mm (from tip of tab to tip of tab), and are housed under thin hinged brass pieces in the underside of the lid of the presentation box. The markers are made of wood. One of the markers has a veneer of white ivory or faux ivory, with stained red ivory or faux ivory tabs. The other marker has shell or faux shell veneer, with white ivory or faux ivory tabs.

The box measures 99mm x 77mm on the lid, and stands 49mm in height. It has a velour type covering inside and out, with a linen pull tab inside. The box snaps shut and is opened by pressing a metal “bead” underneath the velour. In addition to the capital “H” and crown, the lid of the box is decorated with thin metal (brass?) suit symbols in 3 of the 4 corners. There was once a heart symbol in the remaining corner but it has gone missing.

The cards are in excellent lightly used condition, without issues of any kind and quite clean, with virtually all gold gilt intact. The whist markers are also in excellent condition, with all tabs functioning properly, although the white ivory (or faux ivory) veneer and tabs show a slight soiling. The box, including the hinged brass pieces that secure the markers, is also in excellent condition, except for the missing suit symbol on the lid noted above.

Reference: For Dondorf “Rokoko” cards, later printing, see: Fournier, Playing Cards, Germanic Countries 217.

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Item ID: T00001984

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