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Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland “Noord Brabant” Playing Cards, Jan Wijga Designs, c.1943
Very rare deck made by Speekaartenfabriek Nederland c.1943 for North Brabant Insurance Company on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Company. It is described at the World of Playing Cards website as follows:
“This set of ‘Historical Playing Cards’ . . . was originally commissioned by Northern Brabant Insurance Society, Waalwijk, and manufactured by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland in 1943. However, the company declined to pay for the order and the cards were sold off with the Noord Braband insurance company logo overprinted. The artwork was by Jan Wijga and depicts important people and landmarks in the history of the province of North Brabant.”
The cards would be printed in a second edition in 1952, but the deck offered here is the original edition from 1943. The cards were designed by Jan Wijga, and are extremely beautiful. The deck also has gorgeous scenic Aces. The Joker depicts famous Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel. As noted by the WOPC, the logo of the Insurance Society is imprint on all of the 2s in the deck.
The deck is complete with 52 suited cards, plus the Bruegel Joker noted, plus an extra card with bridge scoring. The cards are bridge size, measuring 88mm x 58mm, and come in the original box with a “K” number – apparently assigned/required by the Nazis to help control what was printed.
The cards are in superb, “as new” condition, except that they are slightly bowed on the on the vertical. The box is in no better than good condition – clean, but with general shelf wear and a hole on one side.
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