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Published April 06, 2024 Updated April 06, 2024

Le Roi bridge

Reprint of a Piatnik (Budapest) pack of 1927 with Hungarian historical figures and scenic aces.

1991 Hungary Játékkártyagyár és Nyomda Facsimiles & Replicas Historical Add to Collection

The four kings in this reprint of a Piatnik (Budapest) pack of 1927 are named Hungarian historical figures – Nagy Lajos (1326-1382) (KH), Árpád (c.845-c. 907) (KS), Szent István (c. 975-1038) (KC) and Hunyadi Mátyás (1440-1490) (KD). The queens, on the other hand, remain anonymous, as do the jacks. The double-ended aces have scenic views, each one named. The manufacturer’s name and logo appear on the 2 of Clubs. There is a colourful Art Nouveau/Jugendstil back design, as in the original. See the box

The format of the reprint (62.5 x 94 mm) is slightly different from the 1927 original (64 x 93 mm), which means that the side borders look less generous. The booklet in Hungarian provides biographical details about the historical figures as well as descriptions of the scenic views on the aces. The text of the booklet was prepared by the Hungarian playing-card collector and historian, Antal Jánoska.

‘Le Roi bridge’ deck made by Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda, Budapest, Hungary, 1991 ‘Le Roi bridge’ deck made by Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda, Budapest, Hungary, 1991 ‘Le Roi bridge’ deck made by Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda, Budapest, Hungary, 1991

Above: ‘Le Roi bridge’ deck made by Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda, Budapest, Hungary, 1991. 2 x 52 cards + 2 Jokers, + 1 extra card + 14-page booklet in Hungarian, in double drop-lid box. Size: 62.5 x 94 mm.

A further reprint was issued a few years later, this time on cream-coloured board and with a linen finish. All the colours look stronger. The wording on the extra card is set differently and this time the extra card is present in both packs in the double pack. The booklet is identical to the earlier one. The box, however, is now a double tuck box. The size of the cards remains the same. See the box

‘Le Roi bridge’ deck made by Offset és Játék-kártya Nyomda, Budapest, Hungary ‘Le Roi bridge’ deck made by Offset és Játék-kártya Nyomda, Budapest, Hungary ‘Le Roi bridge’ deck made by Offset és Játék-kártya Nyomda, Budapest, Hungary

Above: ‘Le Roi bridge’ deck made by Offset és Játék-kártya Nyomda, Budapest, Hungary, second edition.


Reference

Jánoska, Antal, and Braun, Franz. BRAUN Schriftenreihe “Spielkarten”, Band 5: Die Spielkartenfabrik Piatnik in Budapest und ihre Nachfolger. Cologne, Germany: Franz Braun; 1992. OJ 1991/3.

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By Roddy Somerville

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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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