After the development of printing at the end of the 15th century, Rouen became an important centre for card-making whose influence extended far afield. Cards from Rouen are significant because they became the model from which our English pack subsequently evolved.
The Universal Playing Card Co., Crown Point Series
Pigmy Miniature Playing Cards
Faulkner & Co. Ltd were prolific card game manufacturers over a period of around 50 years, c.1870-1920. The Shakespeare Playing Cards pack was published in the 1890s. The original paintings for the courts are by John H. Bacon.
Deakin & Co., 45 Eastcheap, London EC published a political pack in 1886 with caricatures of political figures relating to the Irish Home Rule movement which was a contentious issue of the day.
John Waddington Ltd, early type Ace of Spades and court cards, c.1922-25
Boisse English pattern, c.1870 based on designs by De La Rue.
Cards produced in Rouen during the sixteenth century. It was cards like these which were imported to England and are the ancestors of the modern 'Anglo-American' pattern.
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Victorian Playing Cards manufactured by James English & Co., London, c.1875
Willis & Company was formed in 1869, having been preceded by Charles Steer at the same address (80 Long Acre, London), who also manufactured playing cards during the 1850s and 60s.