Extremely handsome double deck set of cards made for Belga cigarettes by Van Genechten. Each deck has only 1 Joker, and so I assume that the cards were made earlier than 1950. The Joker in these decks was used by Van Genechten starting in or about 1920, and from the look and feel of the cards, I think the decade of the 1940s is about right. However, Belga cigarettes was launched in or about 1923, and it is conceivable that these decks were made as early as the late 1920s or 1930s.
Each deck has 52 suited cards, plus the Van Genechten Joker noted. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 57mm, with gold gilt at the corners. They come in a distinctive hard plastic Belga box.
The cards are in excellent condition, lightly used if at all. The box is also in excellent condition, without issues.
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