Wüst Oval Patience

C. L. Wüst Oval Patience

C. L. Wüst, Frankfurt, Germany, active between 1811-1927

Patience Karten No. 240 was published by Conrad Ludwig Wüst around c.1910-16. The deck is sometimes referred to as “Monte Carlo” playing cards. This version has German indices (A, B, D & K, with “X” for 10's) placed in the outer borders. As can be seen, the fantasy double-ended court cards are beautifully designed with the suit symbols elegantly inlaid into the design. Each end is separated by a straight, horizontal line. The back design is a pink floral pattern with the maker's name inscribed at each end. A green version of this back design was also published, as well as different floral backs for export to USA and Canada.

Oval Patience playing cards No.240 published by C. L. Wüst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, c.1910-16

Above: oval patience playing cards published by C. L. Wüst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, c.1910-16. Printed by chromolithography. The company logo, a star with the initials CLW inside, can be seen on the Jack of Clubs. 52 cards (no Joker); 54x83mms. The initials D.R.G.M. stand for "Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster". Images courtesy Barney Townshend.

C. L. Wüst was eventually taken over by the Vereinigte Altenburger Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabriken AG (V.A.S.S.), Altenburg (1931-1945).


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 January 24, 2016 at 08:41pm


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