An initial survey of 19th century playing-card production. More detailed information appears on other pages.
The emphasis throughout my collecting has been on the design of the courts cards, and it should be pointed out that there have been some functional changes to cards, which have affected the traditional designs, especially in the 19th century.
A brief survey of some of the current variation in the standard English pattern.
I only collect the English standard, but I thought it would be a good idea to add some different types of card from time to time.
Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.
A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.
My wife and I have recently commissioned a unique pair of stained glass windows for our home.
A presentation of the main characteristics of the wood-block courts of the heart suit.
The Carnival Playing Card deck designed by Harry D. Wallace (1892-1977) and first published in 1925.
Unusual Waddington Pack • British Playing Cards Limited • The Cardboard Court • English Standard Card Manufacturers (Part 1) Woolley & Co • Georges Brewery Bristol • Card Game Manufacturers (Part 1) H & A Mullord Brothers • Collateral Branches of the English/American Family • 3 Decks of John Waddington in the limelight • Snap (Part 1) Globe Series of Games • A Collecting Theme: Dogs
The Jack of Spades (The English Court: part 12) • Hoover Company pack • Goodall: Victor E. Mauger: International Card Company • A Collecting Theme: Birds Part 1 • Non-standard arrangement of suitmarks on pip cards • The Game of Heartsett • Owen Jones - Onoto - Pass and Joyce Ltd • Mardon Son & Hall
The court cards in English packs of playing cards derive from models produced by Pierre Marechal in Rouen around 1565. A pack of such cards is preserved in the museum at Rouen.
Published by the Hycrest Playing Card Co., New York, c.1931. The large suit symbol behind each figure enhances the visual impact of the deck, as does the splendid back design & Joker.