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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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Arthur Lee & Sons Ltd 1958

Arthur Lee & Sons Ltd

Advertising deck produced for Arthur Lee and Sons Ltd of Sheffield by Thomas De la Rue around 1958.

Astra Games 1982

Astra Games

Astra Games was a subsidiary of the McCorquodale Group of Companies, producing playing cards during the period 1982-87.



Astronaut card game published by Pepys Series (Castell Bros) celebrating the arrival of space travel, 1960s

Auction Game 1900

Auction Game

The Auction Game by Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd, c.1900.

Axminster 100 playing cards 1998

Axminster 100 playing cards

Special non-standard pack produced for Axminster Carpets Ltd.

B-Deck 2005


“B-Deck” scurrilous playing cards poking fun at a former UK prime minister.

Bancks Brothers

Bancks Brothers

The 'Old Frizzle' Ace of Spades shows the duty paid as one shilling, and the manufacturer's name is engraved at the bottom of the ace.

Bandsman Snap

Bandsman Snap

Bandsman Snap by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Bank of England playing cards 1992

Bank of England playing cards

Bank of England playing cards, reflecting prominent characters and events from the Bank’s history.

Bar Nightjar 2018

Bar Nightjar

Nightjar, a destination for discerning drinkers to meet, linger and relax.

Bargains 1900


“Bargains” was designed by George Lambert for C. W. Faulkner & Co in c.1900.

Barribal patience 1929

Barribal patience

Waddington’s Patience Cards from the Barribal Series, c.1929.

Barribal Series 1933

Barribal Series

William H. Barribal (1873 - 1956) was a London artist who created the Waddingtons 'Barribal' playing cards series, which are avidly collected today.

Bath and the Cotswolds 1990

Bath and the Cotswolds

“Bath and the Cotswolds” souvenir pack of cards published by John McLean of Edinburgh, c.1990.

Beano Playing Cards

Beano Playing Cards

Beano Playing Cards published by Wild & Wolf, 2009.

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy 1985

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy published by Gibsons Games, c.1985.

Beautiful Britain Series

Beautiful Britain Series

The ‘Beautiful Britain’ series depicting seaside and country resorts was produced by John Waddington Ltd for the Great Western Railway and London and North Eastern Railway between 1924-1939.

Beaver! 1927


The Game of Beaver designed by G E Studdy and published by John Waddington Ltd in 1927.

Belisha 1937


Belisha, published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys Games) in 1937, was produced with a desire to make a helpful contribution to the national Safety First campaign.

Bell’s Patience playing cards 2006

Bell’s Patience playing cards

Bell’s Patience playing cards, United Kingdom, 2006