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Schiller deck

Detail from Schiller deck made by Conrad Ludwig Wüst, c.1834

Schiller deck, C. L. Wüst, Frankfurt/Main, c.1834

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759 – 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. The ‘Schiller’ deck was made by Conrad Ludwig Wüst (1811-1927), Frankfurt/Main, ca. 1834 to commemorate Schiller’s 75th birthday. Designed and copper engraved by J. Wulf, stencil coloured, 36 cards. The aces depict theatrical attributes, the court cards depict figures from different dramas by Schiller and the pip cards have vignettes of scenes from his most popular works. The King of Hearts is reminiscent of Schiller as a translator of Shakespeare.

Schiller deck made by Conrad Ludwig Wüst, Frankfurt/Main, ca. 1834 Schiller deck made by Conrad Ludwig Wüst, c.1834 Back from Schiller deck made by Conrad Ludwig Wüst, c.1834

Above: Schiller deck made by Conrad Ludwig Wüst, Frankfurt/Main, ca. 1834. The manufacturer's name can be read on the Eight of Hearts.   From the collection of Klaus-Jürgen Schultz (http://spielkarten-sammlung.de).

C. L. Wüst was eventually taken over by the Vereinigte Altenburger Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabriken AG (V.A.S.S.), Altenburg (1931-1945), who from time to time made use of the old designs and plates.   See also:   C.L. Wüst: Brazil Scenic AcesSwiss Album PatienceShakespearean Playing CardsGermany Homepage

REFERENCES

Shaw, Martin & Symons, Paul: Playing cards from the factory C.L.Wüst, Frankfurt, Germany (1811-1927), Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart, Turnhout, Belgium, 23 September-31 December 2005.

Last Updated September 09, 2016 at 08:10pm

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