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Portuguese Type Cards made in Belgium

Published July 03, 1996 Updated June 17, 2023

Portuguese Type Playing Cards made in Belgium, c.1878.

1878 Belgium Portugal Biermans Portugaises History Patterns and Suit Types Portuguese Pattern Add to Collection

Later Portuguese Type - made in Belgium for export to Brazil

Ace of swords King of swords 8 of swords Cavalier of clubs Cavalier of coins
2 of coins Cavalier of swords 6 of cups with royal crown Maid of cups King of cups
Maid of coins with small chest 4 of coins 2 of clubs Maid of clubs Ace of clubs

Above: 15 cards from later Portuguese type pack with 'dragon' aces, made in Belgium by Léonard Biermans, Turnhout, c.1878. There is a Brazilian Real Fabrica insignia on the wrapper. 48 cards, size: 81 x 59 mm; lithographed. The dog has disappeared from the Maid of clubs but the Maid of coins holds a small chest as in earlier types. Click here to see more.


Cartas Portuguezas N°2

Portuguezas N°2, Léonard Biermans, 1878, National Playing Card Museum, Turnhout

Above: Portuguezas N°2, Léonard Biermans, 1878, National Playing Card Museum, Turnhout.

modern reprint of the obsolete Portuguese pattern, National Playing Card Museum, Turnhout

Above: modern partly-coloured reprint of the obsolete Portuguese pattern, courtesy the National Playing Card Museum, Turnhout.

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