Trappola pack of 36 playing-cards with Italian suits published by Anton Herrl, Graz, Austria. On the ace of batons is "Bei Anton Herrl". On the 2 of swords is "Diese feine Trapulier Karten sind zu finden bei Anton Herlblerg Karten Mahler in Graz". The cards run: ace, king, knight, jack, 2 and 7-10. The missing pip cards suggest that it evolved from an earlier pack: it is a very old game which originated in Italy in the 16th century.
The name is Italian but the cards were used in the Austro-Hungarian empire, produced principally in Prague, Graz and Vienna. Packs are known with single-figure courts and also double-ended courts and aces. The cards are usually narrow, brightly coloured and come in various sizes. They are distinguishable from Italian packs by the oriental dress in the courts of cups and swords. Today, Trappola cards are considered historical curiosities and not commonly used for playing games. However, they hold a place in the history of playing cards as an early variation that emerged during the development of card games in Europe.
O’Donoghue, Freeman M: Catalogue of the collection of playing cards bequeathed by Lady Charlotte Schreiber, (German 304), Trustees of the British Museum, London, 1901
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A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Trappola pack of 36 double-ended cards published by Anton Herrl, Graz, Austria.
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Review of “Trzes’ Moorish Deck” facsimile published by Ulrich Kaltenborn, Berlin, 2023.
Conventional Lenormand designs on a pack from Piatnik but with unconventional numbering.
Some early examples of popular German playing cards from the XV and XVI centuries.
Museo del Prado: Pintores y familias reales / Painters and royal families playing cards.
Antique playing cards in Vittoriosa Church Museum dating back to the Knights of Malta period.
Soviet and other Communist celebrities depicted on every card, designed by Vladislav Pankevitch.
Fully illustrated pack featuring a large selection of Mucha’s works.
15 Trappola playing cards possibly made by Johann Ziser of Prague, c1760.
XV Century Spanish-suited playing cards with moorish influences
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Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since......
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Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.
On page 11 I illustrated several examples of the regional French patterns from Sylvia Mann's collect...