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Belgian Playing Cards

Belgian cardmakers have been actively designing and exporting playing cards since the 14th century.

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Naypes Finos made in Belgium

Naypes Finos made in Belgium

Belgian manufacturers were competing against Spanish makers. Features of the traditional Spanish designs, including many well-known brands, were imitated or plagiarised.

Neptune No.105 Playing Cards 1893

Neptune No.105 Playing Cards

An exotic pack made by A.Van Genechten of Turnhout

Old School Playing cards from Moon 2021

Old School Playing cards from Moon

Designed and published by Leo Scherfig

Philips Arlita 1925

Philips Arlita

Philips 'Arlita' advertising playing cards manufactured by Etabl. Mesmaekers Frères S.A., Turnhout, Belgium, 1925.

Piket Fijne Speelkaarten, c.1925-30

Piket Fijne Speelkaarten, c.1925-30

‘Piket Fijne Speelkaarten’ by La Turnhoutoise, c.1925-30.

Pop Rocky 1970

Pop Rocky

“Pop Rocky” miniature playing cards with double-ended caricatures of celebrities and pop stars, originally published inside a magazine, c.1970.

Portuguese Type Cards made in Belgium 1878

Portuguese Type Cards made in Belgium

Portuguese Type Playing Cards made in Belgium, c.1878.

Portuguese Type Playing Cards c.1860 1860

Portuguese Type Playing Cards c.1860

10 cards from a pack of later Portuguese ‘Dragon’ type cards from c.1860, with the Maid of batons about to club a dog.

Portuguese Type Playing Cards made in Belgium 1880

Portuguese Type Playing Cards made in Belgium

Portuguese type pack with ‘dragon’ aces made in Belgium by Mesmaekers Frères, Turnhout, c.1875-1900.

Première Croisade 1850

Première Croisade

‘Première Croisade’ with single-ended courts by Daveluy, Bruges, c.1850.

Renée Sturbelle 1947

Renée Sturbelle

Artistic playing cards with abstract designs by Renée Sturbelle, first published by Brepols S.A., Turnhout, 1947.

Scouting playing cards 2003

Scouting playing cards

Cartoon-style illustrations promoting a Belgian organisation for scouts and guides.

Sigma Coatings 1971

Sigma Coatings

Advertising pack for a company supplying marine paints.

Sleeperhold Publications

Sleeperhold Publications

Sleeperhold Publications collaborative art playing cards.

Spanish Cards c.1920

Spanish Cards c.1920

Spanish-suited Playing Cards manufactured by Van Genechten, c.1920.

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Sport No.31 1910

Sport No.31

Van Genechten first registered an Ace of Spades for English playing cards in 1885 followed by the ‘Sailor’ Joker.

Standard Genoese

Standard Genoese

Van Genechten manufactured playing cards in various styles, including specially customised versions for commercial clients wishing to advertise their own brands on the cards.

Stationskwartetspel 1975

Stationskwartetspel

Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.

Tobacco advertising 1960

Tobacco advertising

Advertising decks made in Belgium by A. Van Genechten, 1960s.