Beautiful set of tarock cards made c.1930 by a virtually unknown card maker from the country once known as Yugoslavia, Prva Jugoslvanska Tovarna Igralnih Kart of Ljubljani. It is possible that the cards date slightly earlier -- perhaps to the period 1918-1929, when the country was officially called the “Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes” -- since the country was even then known colloquially as Yugoslavia. Or, they may date slightly later, since Yugoslavia was a sovereign nation until occupied by Italy in the early 1940s, and its cards had a different tax stamp on its cards. On balance, 1930 seems a good approximate date for this deck. I have been unable to learn anything about this card maker; it is not mentioned anywhere in the literature available to me, or at the World Web Playing Card Museum website. I believe that this deck is extremely rare.
The deck has the usual 54 tarock cards associated with Austrian “Industrie und Glück” sets, although it is noteworthy that the II trump has the double-headed eagle. The cards are standard size tarock/tarot cards, measuring 117mm x 66mm, and come in the original wrapper.
The cards are “as new,” in pristine condition. The wrapper is very clean but has tears and has been taped in one place.
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