Januari 22


Belgian makers usually don't mention their name on standard looking patterns, nor on the box. That makes identification usually pretty hard. Thanks to Luc Biebouw that has become a bit easier, but I couldn't find this deck in his book.
Fortunately the KS in today's deck carries the name of the maker: L(eonard) Biermans from Turnhout. I think this was only done, because the deck was apparently made for export to Germany. The accompanying set of scenic aces show views with castles and other important buildings in Baden and the surrounding region, with captions in German. These are different from the scenes in the Frommann deck of January 16. We have dated the deck as c1885. Although the used card isn't of very high quality, the cards have gold corners.
Sorry for scanning the ace of diamonds upside down.