These designs, derived from an archaic Lyon export pattern, are known today as ‘Vienna pattern’. This example was manufactured in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne A.G., c.1926-1934, where it was used as a standard French-suited deck although no longer used in France. The queen of clubs holds a mirror and the king of spades shows the maker’s name on his sash.
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
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Dal Negro Bridge set featuring old Vienna pattern courts.
‘Vienna pattern’ derived from archaic Lyon pattern by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne A.G., c.1926-1934.
This pattern was used in various parts of eastern France but was ultimately replaced by the official ‘Paris’ pattern in c.1780.