The cards shown here are from a printers proof or test print. Hoffman notes that this deck is very rare. The Kings include The Great Elector and Frederick II and Emporor Wilhelm II is personal. The Queens include the Empress Auguste Victoria. Jacks represent the army and navy with a sailor wearing a cap with the inscription of the imperial yacht 'Hohenzollern'. backs have the coat of arms of the House of Hohenzollern and the slogan "all the way back toll".
The House of Hohenzollern is a dynasty of former princes, electors,kings and emperors of Hohenzollern Brandenburg, Prussia, the German Empire and Romania. The family arose in the area around the town of Hechingenin Swabia during the 11th century and took their name from Hohenzollern castle The first ancestors of the Hohenzollerns were mentioned in 1061.
The Hohenzollern family split into two branches, the Catholic Swabian branch and the Protestant Franconian Branch, which later became the Brandenburg-Prussian branch. The Swabian branch ruled the principalities of Hohenzollern-Henchingen and Hohenzollern-Sigmarigen until 1849, and also ruled Romania from 1866 to 1947. Members of the Franconion branch became Margrave of Brandenburg in 1415 and Duke of Prussia in 1525.
The Margraviate of Brandenburg and the Duchy of Prussia were ruled in personal union after 1618 and were called Brandenburg-Prussia. The Kingdon of Prussia was created in 1701, eventually leading to the unification of Germany and the creation of the German Empire in 1871, with the Hohenzollerns as hereditary German Emperors and Kings of Prussia.
Germany's defeat in World War 1 in 1918 led to the German Revolution.The Hohenzollerns were overthrown and the Weimar Republic was established, thus bringing an end to the German Monarchy Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia is the current head of the royal Prussian line, while Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollerns the head of the princely Swabian line.
Deck, No 933 Hohenzollern 1906 - 1933 designed by Karl Bauer. Dimension 61mm x 90mm. Braun ref BD1905/1
Issued as a 52+1J+1 blank card deck
Makers name on the ace of spades, these cards are dated c.1932 and believed to have been on sale for a limited period between 1931 -1933. The cards have round corners, gold edges and 4 English index marks. The unusual back design in chromolithography is of a young costumed women holding a mask.
This is known as a 'No Revoke' deck. In order to avoid confusion the suit-signs of clubs and diamonds have a white border. The big index marks are below the suit marks in the corners.