I'm well aware that many collectors prefer non-standard cards or standard cards other than English ones. I only collect the English standard, so I thought it would be a good idea to add some different kinds from time to time. So, here are some of the more interesting ones, thanks to Rex Pitts for the scans, except number 10, which is from Sylvia Mann's collection.
(1) De La Rue for Denmark, c.1935
(2) Artex for Poland for the Gdynia America Line, c.1955
(3) A pack by Carta Mundi for Arab countries
(4) Müller with courts in late mediaeval costume, but based on the standard English postures, c.1985
(5) The pack published as Fortuna by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, c.1926
(6) Joseph Glanz, theatrical, historical courts, c.1865
(7) Irish Historical pack printed by De La Rue
(8) Reproduction of the Jugendstil tarot by Ditha Moser (original 1906) as an indexed 52-card pack
(9) Dondorf produced this Shakespeare pack for Faulkner
(10) Non-standard cards were also made with the other suit systems such as Piatnik's Prazske Narodni (Prague National pack) of c.1944.
(11) East German advertising pack for Intecta, c.1980
(12) Daveluy's 'The First Crusade', c.1870
(13) A modern pack from Croatia with the same court figures in each suit.
(14) Waddington, c.1925. A very strange mixture of their standard AS and number cards with non-standard German-style courts with German indices, which don't match the rest of the pack. The back is by Barribal.
(15) Piatnik Blue pack, 1930s
(16) Carta Mundi, Noord Brabant
(17) Daveluy Historical courts, c.1875
(18) And two more from Daveluy which have courts which are conventional and similar to standard European varieties.
(19) Piatnik, non-standard courts from the Ottoman Empire.
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I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. Read more...
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Modern English court style by Games & Print Services Limited, c.1997.
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A brief survey of some of the current variation in the standard English pattern.
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Sands & McDougall Court Cards
The emphasis throughout my collecting has been on the design of the courts cards, and it should be pointed out that there have been some functional changes to cards, which have affected the traditional designs, especially in the 19th century.
In around 1775 Rowley & Co attempted to reform the traditional court cards to portraits of the kings and queens of England, France, Spain and Russia.
Published by the Hycrest Playing Card Co., New York, c.1931. The large suit symbol behind each figure enhances the visual impact of the deck, as does the splendid back design & Joker.
The Carnival Playing Card deck designed by Harry D. Wallace (1892-1977) and first published in 1925.
An initial survey of 19th century playing-card production. More detailed information appears on other pages.
Dondorf Tarot Court Cards.
I only collect the English standard, but I thought it would be a good idea to add some different types of card from time to time.
Games & Print Services Ltd traditional English courts.
The court cards in English packs of playing cards derive from models produced by Pierre Marechal in Rouen around 1565. A pack of such cards is preserved in the museum at Rouen.
Pippoglyph Playing Cards by Ben Crenshaw © 2004