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Aluminium playing cards manufactured by Häusermann United Chemical and Metal Engraving Co., Vienna, c.1925

“Cocktail” Aluminium Playing Cards

Made in aluminium by Häusermann United Chemical and Metal Engraving Co., Vienna, c.1925.

Court cards depicting typical representatives of the 1920s: Ladies looking very sophisticated in evening dress, Jacks as playboys and Kings caricatured as the bored upper class. The cards are rather heavy: the complete deck weighs around 170 gms (a normal pack weighs between 90-100 gms) and also rather slippery; handy to show off the versatility and ease of printing on aluminium, but not so useful as a practical deck to play with.

aluminium playing cards manufactured by Häusermann United Chemical and Metal Engraving Co., Vienna, c.1925

Above: aluminium playing cards manufactured by Häusermann United Chemical and Metal Engraving Co., Vienna, c.1925. The colouring on a few cards varies. Weight in box: 210gm, 52 + Joker + extra card.


REFERENCES

Segeth, Uwe-Volker: Spielkarten Jugendstil und Art Déco, Edition Christian Brandstätter, Wien, 1994

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