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GERMAN DECKS with SCENIC ACES
The German cardmakers have always been known for their quality cards. Not only of the cards themselves, but also in design. It is not a surprise that these cardmakers found new markets in other countries. We assume that for these export decks special aces have been designed, showing local towns and views that would be familiar or appeal to the public in these foreign countries. But maybe these decks were also sold in Germany as a sort of early "souvenir" decks. Decks with German scenic aces were probably only sold within Germany.
The deck here below was made by Frommann & Morian from Darmstadt. It's a "bezique" deck of 32 cards with a classical pattern, characterized by the veils of the Queens. The deck was probably made ca. 1890 / '95. The deck was obviously made for the Dutch market, as it is accompanied by aces that show Dutch scenes and captions in Dutch.
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