Traditional 17th Century English Playing Cards
Hand-made replica 17th century English playing cards, based on original museum prints, available to order.
These replica cards have full-figure courts, square corners, and are made by hand on laminated cardboard to mimic the antique pre-industrial methods of production. The cards have a chunky feel and are suitable for play, re-enactment and for historical authenticity.
Based on the seventeenth century designs of Hewson, the cards exhibit that geometric construction which characterises the English pattern and which has survived to the contemporary double-ended cards used today. Packs contain 52 cards, with plain or coloured backs. The size of the cards is usually around 63 x 90 mms. These dimensions may vary by a few mms since packs are hand-made and each one is slightly different.
Supplied to film studios, theatres, museums, re-enactment groups and individuals requiring to source an authentic period set of playing cards. Available to order direct from Simon Wintle. Also available: Spanish-suited playing cards.
See also: Amos Whitney's Factory Inventory Chromolithography Design of Playing Cards Make your own Playing Cards Letterpress Printing Manufacture of Cardboard Manufacture of Playing Cards, 1825 Rotxotxo Workshop Inventories, Barcelona The Art of Stencilling .