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Dondorf Playing Cards, “Empire” No. 172, c.1900
Very good deck of Dondorf’s charming “Empire” cards, made c.1900, featuring very youthful figures on the court cards. The Aces have the word Ace written just below the suit sign, and the Queens have the abbreviation Qn, rather than simply Q. The cards are large, measuring 92mm x 61mm, with gold gilt at the corners, and they come in the original box.
The cards are in very good condition, and it would be possible to describe the condition as excellent, except for two cards (separately pictured) with creases: the King of Diamonds in the upper left corner, and the King of Clubs in the upper right section. The cards are otherwise without issues, and clean given the age of the deck, with perhaps 30%-50% of the gold gilt intact. The box is in no better than good condition, if that. It is missing its top flap, although a remnant remains, and there is soiling and other wear to the remainder.
References: Fournier, Playing Cards, Germanic Countries 185.
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