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Naipes ‘El Leon’ 1897

Naipes "EL LEON"

Naipes El Leon ace of coins
Naipes El Leon Naipes El Leon

Above: cards from an anonymous imitation of traditional Spanish Cádiz-style playing cards, probably manufactured in Belgium, c.1897. 48 cards, printed by letterpress and hand-coloured with stencils.

In this pack all the features of regular Spanish production have been cleverly mimicked, including exhibition medals, legends and the well-known 'El Leon' trade mark. The word "hidalgo" appearing on the 5 of coins means "gentleman" or "nobleman" whereas normally this would be the manufacturer's name.

The demand in Spanish-speaking and ex-colonial countries for such cards, for use in casinos, was attractive not only to Spanish manufacturers, but also to Belgian, French and American makers who regularly produced cards for the Philippines, North Africa and Latin & South America.

Last Updated July 13, 2016 at 08:38pm

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