December 27


Lats week I took this deck out of the holder and upstairs to my desk. There was an interesting eBay auction of a tiny version of this deck and I wanted to compare the images, because John Laffler had attributed it to Dondorf in his description, although he said that there was no mention of the name Dondorf on any of the cards. He was already quite old when he had lunch with us in New Haven during the 2000 convention, so he must be of considerable age now and his eyesight too. The name Dondorf was clearly on the JC. His version isn't mentioned in the Braun catalogue. I've taken the picture from the auction, as I was sadly outbid and the small deck was sold for $ 175.
So here's the original sized deck, the double imaged version of the International pattern for Portugal, which was produced by Dondorf from around 1867 to 1895. I think I have posted it here a long time ago, but this way it will be shown on my site now too after this lockdown series has ended.
The single imaged version is already to be seen there as Deck of the Month in March 2014. See: deck-month-14 and press 03.