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Published February 06, 2023 Updated February 07, 2023

Belgian Souvenir playing cards

made in Germany by C.L. Wüst

1890 Belgium Germany Wüst Aces Souvenir Add to Collection

This pack of cards dates from about 1890. The design of the jacks was registered as a trademark 'Frankfurter Skat' in 1888. All the court cards are attired in Historical costumes, with the jacks being all the same except for the colour of the clothing. All the jacks show the name of the Wüst factory but there is no Wüst star on the jack of clubs, something which is nearly always found on Wüst packs of this period.
The pack shown has coloured views of interesting places in Belgium such as Waterloo, Brussels and Antwerp and was probably sold as a souvenir from Belgium. However, this pack was also available with plain aces. This pack was sold as No.64 Whist with gold corners (52 cards).


Below: The box and the reverse of the cards.


References:
- Playing cards from the factory C.L. Wüst, Shaw/Symons 2005, Set 73
- C.L.Wüst (private printing), K.J.Schultz 2021, Set 29

All cards shown are from the collection of Paul Symons ©

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By Paul Symons

Member since February 01, 2016

I'm British but I have now lived in the Netherlands for more than 50 years and am still enjoying every minute of it. I started collecting playing cards in the early 1980’s after speaking with my neighbour who was at that time a croupier in a casino. I started with just collecting jokers, but that soon led me to complete packs of cards and eventually to specialising in old and antique playing cards, particularly those of C.L. Wüst of Frankfurt, Germany. I am presently the Dutch representative of the I.P.C.S. and the auctioneer at the IPCS conventions.

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The more of C. L. Wüst I see, the more I like them. Thanks for this article Paul.


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