This deck from 1890 is the first of three decks made by C.L. Wüst to celebrate the ascendancy to the Dutch throne of Queen Wilhelmina. Wilhelmina became Queen in 1890 when she was only 10 years old, although her mother was named Regent with authority to govern. The deck here listed, known as the “Wilhelmina” deck, was published in that year to celebrate that event. Thereafter, in 1898, Wilhelmina was inaugurated, and Wüst published another deck, with changes to the Queen of Hearts and the Queen of Spades and a more mature Wilhelmina on the box, to commemorate her formal coronation. Then, in 1905, a third deck with more substantial changes was published.
This 1890 deck is complete at 52 suited cards (never a joker), including Dutch scenic Aces. The cards are large and wide, measuring 92mm x 62mm, with gold gilt at the corners; there is no box.
The cards are in excellent lightly used condition, with modest edge wear; some of the gold gilt at the corners is gone. While the cards have been handled, they are very clean and the artwork is still vibrant and beautiful.
Reference: Shaw and Symonds, C.L. Wüst Catalogue, pp.79-80, Sets 55 and 56.
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