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Muller “Wagner” Jass Playing Cards, Melchior Annen Designs, Ltd. Ed. (___ /500), c.1968
Extremely beautiful deck made by Muller, c.1968, celebrating the operas of Richard Wagner. It is based upon a deck from 1919 that featured the outstanding designs of Melchior Annen, an artist who designed several decks for Muller. The 1968 edition was published in a limited edition of 500 double decks. This single deck was obviously sold separately, and I do not know the set number to which it belongs in the limited edition. The four Aces are double ended. Each shows two scenes – 1 at each end – from a Wagner opera: Spades, from “Der Fligende Hollander” (“The Flying Dutchman”); Hearts, from “Lohengrin”; Diamonds, from “Tannhauser”; and Clubs, from “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.” The court cards of those suits are characters from the same operas as are shown on their respective Aces.
The deck is complete at 36 cards. The cards are slightly large bridge size, measuring 91mm x 60mm. There is no box.
The cards are “as new.”
Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, Switzerland 66.
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