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Royal Playing Cards, 1890s

A special pack showing historical European figures manufactured by The New York Consolidated Card Company in the mid-1890s.

Above: magnificently illuminated "Royal Playing Cards" published in the mid-1890s by The New York Consolidated Card Company to commemorate the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria and Russia (subsequently replaced by Italy). The suits depict personages from Germany (clubs), Austria (diamonds), Italy (hearts) and Russia (spades).

This Ace of Spades and the Gold Medal Joker were first issued c.1880 and subsequently used in "Squeezer" decks.

Last Updated May 23, 2016 at 08:02pm

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