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Published June 07, 2023 Updated June 07, 2023

Portuguese cards for Brazil

Portuguese-type cards made in or for Brazil, c.1890.

1890 Brazil M&C Archaic Patterns Portuguese Pattern Add to Collection

Portuguese pattern playing cards made in or for Brazil with caballo, maid and king (both standing) as the court cards and dragons on the aces engaging with their suit-marks. The sixes and fours of coins and cups have on them the monogram M&C (possibly C&M). The batons and swords are straight and inter-crossed with shields at the centre, the two of batons has a man behind the crossed clubs. The coins carry a female bust. The pattern is believed to have been used in Brazil until around the end of the 19th century.

Portuguese cards made for Brazil with monogram M&C, c.1890. © The Trustees of the British Museum Portuguese cards made for Brazil with monogram M&C, c.1890. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Above: later Portuguese-type cards made in or for Brazil with monogram M&C, 48 cards, backs printed with red diagonal parallel lines spaced to form a diamond pattern, c.1890. © The Trustees of the British Museum • Complete pack of 48 playing-cards with Spanish suit-marks

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By Simon Wintle

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Founder 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.


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