Christian IV Anniversary
The anniversary of Christian IV in 1988 was a great event in Denmark with exhibitions in museums for which this special pack of playing cards was published. Christian IV himself is the K♠ and his wife Anne Katherine of Brandenburg is the Q♠. The other suits feature contemporary royalty from other countries whilst the Jokers are Corfitz Ulfeld and Leonora Christine, two figures from Danish history. The portraits were adapted mainly from paintings in Danish museums, except ♥ King James VI of Scotland (1566-1625) and ♥ Queen Anna of Denmark which were from paintings in the British embassy of Denmark. The designer was Thora Fisker.
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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.
Kings and Queens of Portugal between 1185 - 1279. by V. de J.J. Nunes , Lisbon, Portugal, 1977.
Elegant, elongated cards designed by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
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.
“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704.
Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.
Crown the Queen card game invented by Elaine Burton, c.1953.
Kings & Queens of England Misfitz, c.1918.
The Royal Historical Game of Cards invented by Jane Roberts and published by Robert Hardwicke, c.1840.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
Queen’s Silver Jubilee playing cards designed by Susan Rae for John Wadddington Ltd, 1977.
Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Cartes des Rois de France (1644) facsimile edition by Edizioni del Solleone, 1986.
‘August der Starke und seine Zeit’ designed by Günter Schmitz, 1985.
Reprint of Lapin’s Historical Belarusian playing cards.
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Sovereigns of England published by Jaques & Son, c.1875. .
A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.
Willie Rushton’s “Pack of Royals” featuring caricatures of the Royal Family, 1995.
Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698
“Peterhof” deck manufactured at the Leningrad Colour Printing Plant in 1999.
‘Glorious Russia’ playing cards made in France by Grimaud, c.1995
Kaiser Jubiläum Imperial playing cards made in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna.
“Habemus Boda” deck celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain with cartoons by Sir Cámara
‘Cartes Imperiales et Royales’ published by B. P. Grimaud & Cie representing imperial rulers and consorts from Austria, England, France & Russia, mid-19th century
An historical & educational card game designed and published by Mazawattee Tea Co., Ltd, London, c.1902
Warburg’s Danske playing cards published by Aktieselskabet Emil Jensen, København, 1944.
“Warburg’s Skandinaviske Bridge Kort” published by Aktieselskabet Emil Jensen, København, c.1935.
Standard Danish playing cards made by Handa, Copenhagen.
“France Royale” Bridge playing cards by Willy Mayrl depict historical characters from France’s royal past.
‘Królewskie’ playing cards with Slavic style courts, printed by KZWP-Trefl, 2002.
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006) was a Danish painter, designer and ceramics artist.
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Jaques' Quits card game, c.1880-85, with portraits of monarchs inside suit symbols in red, blue and yellow, designed to assist in the education of school children in British history.
Single-figure provincial Paris pattern cards with traditional names on the courts manufactured in Copenhagen by P. Steinmann, c.1820.
cards from an early 'Gnav' game made by C.L.Keiblinger, Copenhagen c.1860
C.L.Keiblinger, Copenhagen 1852-85