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Published May 01, 2013 Updated March 08, 2022

L. P. Holmblad c.1840

L. P. Holmblad's house pattern used from c.1840. The K♠ carries a harp as in the traditional French-type cards; but the J♠ is sleeping with his arms folded and his shield resting behind him.

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Holmblad's designs gradually evolved away from the traditional French patterns into a Danish ‘House Pattern’. As copper plates wore out, or new lithographic printing processes were introduced, original and distinctive features appear in the re-drawn playing cards. The J♠ has a lowered head and his shield has one Danish lion showing. The Queens are wearing fashionable outfits from the time  next →

playing cards by L. P. Holmblad c.1840

Above: L. P. Holmblad's house pattern used from c.1840, lithographic printing with stencil colouring, 52 cards. The manufacturer's name can be read down the sides of the J♣. The K♠ carries a harp as in the traditional French-type cards; but the J♠ is sleeping with his arms folded and his shield resting behind him, ready to awaken if there is danger.

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Images courtesy Hans Jørgen Hinrup and historical notes taken from his articles published in The Playing-Card vol.33 no.4 April-June 2005 and vol.31 no.5, March-Apr 2003, IPCS London.

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