The Bohemian Pattern, sometimes called the Prager Pattern, has roots in the 16th century.
Piatnik-Ritter No.240 - Obchodní Tiskárny Casino No.240
“Castles” Quartet Illustrated by Vladimir Kovářík
Playing Cards printed by Ceska Graficka Unie AS, Czechia, Prague, 1890-1925
Four themed ‘Čierny Peter’ card games by Obchodní Tiskărny
Czech “Hussite” Pack engraved by Karel Hoffmann and first printed by Jan Ritter in 1895.
Czech Insurance Company cartoon pack
During the 19th century growing nationalist sentiment led to a rejection of Austro-Hungarian culture in favour of that of the native Czech people. One outcome from this movement was a ‘Nationalistic’ pack of playing cards painted by Emanuel Neumann.
Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings.
The Republic of Czechoslovakia was founded in 1918 from the former Austro-Hungarian empire.
‘Derby’ card game from Czechoslovakia
‘Detektiv Fuk’ card game from Czechoslovakia
Dudák, meaning ‘Piper’, is a traditional Czech card game and this set has been specially illustrated for children.
Cards from std English pattern printed by The Eagle Playing Card Company Limited, Czechoslovakia, c.1900. The cards are in imitation of American cards, but probably for the UK market.
Antique deck of old Bohemian playing cards of the German type manufactured by Georg Kapfler and dated 1611.
“Historic Ships” quartet game from Czechoslovakia illustrated by Jaromír Vraštil
Kamarát miniature toy playing cards from Czechoslovakia
OTK Bridge-Rummy by Obchodní Tiskărny, c.1990.
This special pack of playing cards, published in 1908, was available at the Jubilee Exhibition held in Prague.
A colourful re-working of the standard Anglo-American pattern in Art Deco style.