‘Piket Fijne Speelkaarten’ by La Turnhoutoise for export to the Netherlands, c.1925-30. The court cards have an affinity with the French Paris pattern but are nevertheless a fantasy design. The four aces show various buildings from The Netherlands at each end.
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Advertising for Mopenco, the Dutch Fountain Pen King
with illustrated views of Dutch cities on the aces. This pack is for sale or exchange.
Promotional pack for a Dutch Celtic folk band which performs Irish, Scottish and Dutch folk music, c.2004.
Pack of cards celebrating Allied Victory in the Second World War.
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
Dubois card makers from Liège in the Walloon Region of Belgium.
Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983.
Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.
Zwarte Piet by Dondorf for the Dutch market, 1906.
Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, 1938.
“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s.
Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.
Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.
Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.
Renovation 2.000 playing cards with special courts designed by Jean Hoffmann.
Neerlands Glorie Kwartetspel published by Hausemann & Hötte N.V, Amsterdam, 1945.
Verkeers Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek BV, Amsterdam, 1965.
A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards.
Boekenkwartet featuring illustrations from children's books, 1970s.
Jip en Janneke quartet game published by Hema, a Dutch department store, c.1960.
Papita Sport Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek, c.1975.
‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988.
“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002.
Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi
Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015
Promotional playing cards designed by Wim Simons, Belgium, 1960s.
Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1720 and c.1820.
Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760
Dutch singers, TV and theatre artist playing cards for “Story” magazine, 1978.
Promotional deck designed by Ray Goossens for the Boerenbond farmers’ union, c.1968.
Humorous pharmaceutical deck made by Antoine van Genechten for Bayer, c.1963.
“Butagaz” playing cards for the French gas company, c.1976
Mickey for Kids playing cards from Disney.