In standard English packs the Ace of Spades is associated with decorative designs. This is a historical survey of why this should be.
When there are official taxes to pay, people will find a way to avoid paying them - often illegally.
The factory probably only produced playing cards for a few years in the 1920's
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
Two different versions of Isle of Man playing cards from 1870 and 1914.
Two souvenir packs with different court cards made by Glénisson for the Isle of Man, c.1880.
Two antique packs with scenic aces illustrating places on the Isle of Man.
Many modern aces of spades are anonymous so that, in the absence of any other information, the collector has difficulty deciding who made them.
An interesting pack of playing cards with illustrated Indian aces made "Specially for the Bombay Market", c.1915.