Dondorf No.314 Pierre l’Ebouriffé - Jeu de Cartes
Alongside their magnificent range of luxury playing cards, Dondorf also produced a varied range of games for children. This example based on the “Der Struwwelpeter” stories first published in 1847 was evidently made for export to Holland, Belgium and France as it is accompanied by bi-lingual instructions. It was published in UK by A.N. Myers in c.1890. The game contains 9 sets of four cards numbered consecutively. Each set is like a comic strip with a moral lesson, telling a story about a naughty child who gets into trouble for such things as disobeying their parents, bad table manners, harming animals or making fun of foreigners.
Dondorf Card Games
Dondorf began producing card games (rather than playing cards) in around 1870 with a then fashionable “Question and Answer” game which was obviously aimed at children because all the illustrations were of children. Around the same time there were children’s quartet games with sets such as Ass, Moon, Sheep etc and a musical game. By 1900 the “Struwwelpeter” game and “Wappen Quartet” were on the market. A “Black Peter” game appeared by 1905 but not so much with pairs of characters but pairs such as Trees, House and Cyclists. It seems that all the games cards were catalogued with a number beginning with a “3” and many are numbered between 314 and 352. This would suggest that at least 37 games were published up to the time when Dondorf were taken over. At this point Spears purchased the rights to the card games and continued to publish the educational ones featuring flowers and animals etc.