Many modern aces of spades are anonymous so that, in the absence of any other information, the collector has difficulty deciding who made them.
In standard English packs the Ace of Spades is associated with decorative designs. This is a historical survey of why this should be.
Advertising deck produced for Arthur Lee and Sons Ltd of Sheffield by Thomas De la Rue around 1958.
In around 1955 De la Rue introduced a new coloured joker and a series of aces of spades with a silhouette of Thomas de La Rue which coincided with their 125th anniversary
In 1919 Brepols commemorated the victories of World War I with two new packs featuring portraits of Allied leaders on the court cards and famous battle scenes on the Aces.
Souvenir pack with Scenic Aces made by Müller (Diessenhofen), c.1850.
Souvenir pack with Scenic Aces made by J. Müller (Diessenhofen), c.1860. The courts are conventional figures based on French designs.