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Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards

Chas Goodall & Son’s luxury “Historic” playing cards have decorated aces and double-ended court cards depicting the royal costumes of four periods in English history: clubs Plantagenet, hearts Stuart, spades Hanoverian & diamonds Tudor. Packs were produced with or without gilt edges, and over time several different back designs were published. There was also a miniature version.

Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards, 1893

The Plantagenet Period 1216-1399

Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards, 1893

The Tudor Period 1485-1603

Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards, 1893

The Stuart Period 1603-1714

Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards, 1893

The Hanoverian Period 1714-1901

Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards, 1893 Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards, 1897 Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards, 1893

Above: the pack was published for a number of years with slightly different indices and several alternative back designs. There was no joker, but instead an extra blank card was included.

Advertisement for Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards, 1893

Above: advert from the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 1893.

Above: pack sealed in tax-wrapper.

Last Updated March 09, 2016 at 02:38pm

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