Non-standard French-suited cards flourished in Austria and Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, in a variety of styles to appeal to a growing middle class. This example, with a rich historical style, appears to have been published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne since the 1880s in several formats, appearing as No.97, No.297, No.397, No.211 and also Patience No.29, with a variety of back designs. In some cases court cards were switched between the suits. Piatnik became a limited company in 1917, but the A.G. initials were dropped again in 1939.
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Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century.
Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.
Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.
Baby Dolls pin-up deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.
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Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.
The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996
Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards.
Non-standard French-suited cards published by Ferd Piatnik & Sõhne, Vienna, c.1940s.
Skat deck for Austria’s excellent wines, Österreichischer Weinwirtschaftsfonds, c.1965
Churchill ‘Walking with Destiny’ playing cards published by the Imperial War Museum.
New Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards, Tel Aviv
‘Vienna pattern’ derived from archaic Lyon pattern by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne A.G., c.1926-1934.
Willie Rushton’s “Pack of Royals” featuring caricatures of the Royal Family, 1995.
Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards Factory Ltd, Tel Aviv, since mid-1950s.
Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955
Piatnik’s Rococo style playing cards issued as “Rococo Patience”, “Luxus-Patience”, “Empire Patience”, “White Horse Patience”, “Patience-Whist No.140”, “Mini Patience” and “Lady Patience”
Kaiser Jubiläum Imperial playing cards made in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna.
“Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, reflecting a bygone era of fashion.
Ferd. Piatnik produced a very large range of cards with many different standard and non-standard patterns. This is a survey of his standard English output.
Piatnik’s “Popular Playing Cards” No.257
Salzburger pattern by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna
Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809
Promotional deck for the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) printed by Piatnik, 1996.
Designed by Cesare Asaro to simulate decks from the 1700s or earlier, the Tarot of Musterberg is based on the traditional Tarot de Marseille but with an imaginary historical background.
Piatnik: Rococo No.2130 playing cards designed by Prof. Kuno Hock, c.1975
“Blue Playing Cards” by Piatnik, 1960s, inspired by the Cubism art movement in which objects are analysed and reassembled in abstracted form