A wonderful skat deck made by F.X. Schmid on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the town charter of Idstein, Germany, for centuries the location of the residence of the Counts of Nassau. The House of Nassau is a diversified aristocratic dynasty whose influence once extended over several countries in Europe. The court cards of the deck are illustrations of famous persons from the storied history of that dynasty.
The deck has the 32 suited cards of a skat deck, plus a card announcing the deck. The cards are accompanied by a folded paper in German and Dutch that describes the persons depicted on the deck. The cards are slightly large bridge size, measuring 92mm x 59mm, and come in a simple plastic box that may not be original.
The cards are in excellent condition, “as new” or very nearly so. The plastic box is in very good condition.
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