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Lombardy pattern

The origins of the Lombardy pattern probably lie in the early 19th century when it was a full-length design. Nowadays it is invariably double-ended. This pattern is also used in Italian Switzerland which, until 1803, was part of the Duchy of Milan. The design of the cards is reminiscent of several used in eighteenth century south and south-eastern France (i.e. Provence and Lyons patterns which are now obsolete).

double-ended Lombard pattern pack by S.D. Modiano, c.1929

Above: double-ended Lombard pattern pack by S.D. Modiano, c.1929. 40 cards A - 7, J, Q, K. "Regno D'Italia - Lire Tre" tax stamp "Dic. 1929" on Ace or Hearts.

  • See later example, c.1981

    Lombardy pattern by Modiano, Trieste, c.1981

    Above: Lombardy pattern by Modiano, Trieste, c.1981 (essentially unchanged from the example shown above).

The pack has never had indices. The example shown below is from an uncut sheet by Edoardo Pignalosa, c.1952.

Lombardy pattern by Edoardo Pignalosa, c.1952
Last Updated September 01, 2016 at 07:35pm

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