During the years 1896 to 1950, the Hungarian State Playing Card Factory was operated by Piatnik, under the name Piatnik Nandor es Fiai (“Piatnik Hungary”). This extremely beautiful “William Tell” deck was made by Piatnik Hungary and has a 1 pack U.S. tax stamp, and if Piatnik Hungary made cards until 1950, then these cards probably date to the 1940s. The tax stamp is cancelled, but I cannot make out the year of cancellation. These cards have backs that the World Web Playing Card Museum dates to the years 1932-1945, but those inclusive dates appear to be based, at least in part, upon a Czech tax stamp on the 7 of Bells. There is no printed tax stamp on any of the cards of this deck.
The deck is a standard William Tell deck with 32 suited cards, featuring characters from the Schiller’s play on the court cards. The cards are very large, measuring 111mm x 70mm, and come in the original wrapper.
The cards are mint. The wrapper is in very good condition, quite clean, but with small tears developing.
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