Gorgeous and somewhat rare set of oval cards made c.1913 by C.L. Wüst. Although the box identifies them as “Patience Karten No. 240,” it is misleading to describe them as such, since they are longer and wider at the longest and widest points than a patience deck. They are sometimes described as Wust’s “Monte Carlo” cards; frankly, I do not know if that term implies anything about size. FWIW, I think that the designs of the court cards on this deck are really something special.
The deck is complete at 52 suited cards (never a joker). The cards are approximately 85mm at the longest point on the vertical dimension and 54mm at the widest point on the horizontal dimension. The cards come in the original box.
I believe that the condition of the deck should be described as very good lightly used condition. There is some edge wear, some very slight fading in places to some of the colors of the chromolithography, and the cards have been handled. The box is in fair to poor condition and essentially useless as a box; but I have a soft spot for antique card boxes, even where, as here, they have seen better days.
Reference: Shaw and Symonds, C.L. Wüst Catalogue, p.95, Set 71
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