Chuqii wrote:and my first Dondorf deck, a gorgeous Baronesse deck with no pips
Great deck! I am a bit fond of the Dondorf decks, as I suppose you have noticed. Check the seven of clubs (usually) for actual issue date. Sometimes it is on the 4 of clubs, sometimes they don't tell, but there were a few reprints sans pips. "Baronesse" AKA Whist #160 was issued in 1912.
By the way, those Neillite cases are a tough get. As I recall I have two. I had seen one before I bought either of mine, but the embedded round disk was missing.
Before you started this thread, I had never seen another example. I don't recall seeing a wood-grained one, another great find!