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Playing cards first arrived in England during the 15th century, but none have survived from such an early date.

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The Deck of Cards 1979

The Deck of Cards

The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979.

The Evolution of Bezique boxed sets, 1869 to 1990 1869

The Evolution of Bezique boxed sets, 1869 to 1990

The first company to register Bezique materials with Stationers’ Hall was Josh Reynolds & Son in September 1869.

The Famous Dinosaurs Playing Cards 2002

The Famous Dinosaurs Playing Cards

54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.

The Fat Pack 1999

The Fat Pack

A vastly expanded pack with 8 suits for playing traditional or new games, devised by Roger Howard Butler Clough.

The Forces’ Favourites 2006

The Forces’ Favourites

The Forces’ Favourites playing cards with glamorous illustrations by David Wright, United Kingdom, 2006.

The Fortune Teller's Deck 1995

The Fortune Teller's Deck

The Fortune Teller’s Deck was published in 1995 in conjunction with a book written by Jane Lyle. The deck was designed by Neil Breeden and the court cards incorporate traditional symbolism.

The Game of “Old Maid” 1910

The Game of “Old Maid”

Two different editions of “The Game of Old Maid” by the Chad Valley Games Co.

The Game of Numbers 1900

The Game of Numbers

The Game of Numbers published by Globe Series, c.1900.

The Great Galumphus 1920

The Great Galumphus

The “Great Galumphus” card game from the 1920s shows various comic animals with their names printed alongside, designed by Miss Jessie Veal.

The Green Pack: Salisbury Plain 2004

The Green Pack: Salisbury Plain

The Green Pack: Salisbury Plain, United Kingdom, 2004.

The Joker Card 1863

The Joker Card

The 'Joker' is believed to have been invented by American Euchre players who, when modifying the rules sometime during the 1860s, decided that an extra trump card was required.

The Journey 2008

The Journey

‘The Journey’ limited edition playing cards produced by Peter Wood, UK, 2008.

The Jovial Cards 1911

The Jovial Cards

Publicity items for a group of entertainers, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK, 1911.

The Key to the Kingdom 1992

The Key to the Kingdom

“The Key to the Kingdom”, an enchanted deck of illuminated playing cards designed by Tony Meeuwissen based around traditional rhymes and verses.

The Llewellyn Tarot - Welsh tarot cards 2006

The Llewellyn Tarot - Welsh tarot cards

The Llewellyn Tarot - Welsh tarot cards

The Lost Heir 1912

The Lost Heir

“The Lost Heir” was first issued by J. W. Spear and Sons in UK in 1912.

The Mrs. Forster Collection

The Mrs. Forster Collection

Playing cards featuring original botanical paintings by Mrs. Sidney Eliza Forster from the 1890s.

The Muddled Menagerie

The Muddled Menagerie

The Muddled Menagerie card game published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, Dundee & London, c.1900.

The Muppet Show 1978

The Muppet Show

“The Muppet Show” playing cards made by ASS in 1978.

The New Game of Animals 1878

The New Game of Animals

Victorian card game with imaginatively designed letters which spell the name of an animal, with one card representing the animal spelt.