Dondorf's L'Hombre No.60 was manufactured for the Danish firm Adolph Wulff (1879-1948) of Copenhagen between the years c.1910-1930. Alongside the more lavish, luxury cards which Dondorf produced for the Danish market (see Luxuskarte No.75 & Whist No.80), this simpler pack was also produced. The artwork has strong lines and clear colour surfaces, depicting traditional double-ended court card designs, with miniature Danish indexes and suit symbols inserted into the borders. L'Hombre is a seventeenth-century card game which is still played in Denmark.
Above: Dondorf's L'Hombre No.60 manufactured for the Danish firm Adolph Wulff (1879-1948) of Copenhagen. The name of Adolph Wulff can be seen printed on the Jack of Spades, whilst the inscription “Eneret” on the court cards implies that Adolph Wulff had exlusive rights for this design. 40 cards + Joker; printed by chromolithography, gold corners, 60x94mms.
Right: the Jolly Joker, the 'Jugendstil' ('Art Nouveau') back design with an 'AW' monogram for Adolph Wulff and the Ace of Spades. The back was also produced in green. All images courtesy Barney Townshend.