Twin decks of cards made c.1920 by La Turnhoutoise, S.A. of Belgium, titled “Piket” on the boxes. The World Web Playing Card Museum gives these cards the title “Cartes Belges,” but the courts are a Dutch pattern and the Aces are beautiful scenic Aces of the Netherlands. Each deck is available separately for $35, and both are for sale for $70.
Each deck has 33 cards – Ace and 7-King in all 4 suits, plus a 6 of Hearts. I have been unable to determine if the 6 of Hearts is just an extra card, akin to a joker, or if this deck is used for a game that requires 33 cards, including a 6 of Hearts. “Piket” is Dutch for piquet, and of course piquet is played with a 32-card deck. Still, it seems odd to me that the extra card in each deck would be a 6 of Hearts. The cards are slightly wide, measuring 90mm x 61mm, with gold gilt at the corners, and each deck is in its original box.
The cards are in beautiful condition, “as new” or very nearly so, except that each deck is slightly bowed on the horizontal dimension (i.e., from side to side). The boxes are also in excellent condition, extremely clean, except that the box for the red-backed deck is missing a side flap.
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