Facsimiles, Replicas & Recreations of playing cards offer a unique glimpse into the evolution of card design. This list includes various reproductions, some based on historical designs from as far back as the 1600s. Each article provides detailed information about the origins and inspirations behind the recreations.
A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
This pack of cards by Rose & Pentagram is said to be based off Pierre Marechal, Rouen pack from the 1600s, but they are actually copies of drawings by Gurney Benham from his book Playing Cards: Their History and Secrets from 1930.
A recreated of the original 1876, No. 18, Triplicate deck by A. Dougherty by Michael Scott in 2014.
“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830.
The Swiss national suit system of shields, acorns, hawkbells and flowers originated sometime during the fifteenth century.
Reproduction of a pack by Antoine Dieudonné, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg, c1850.
Baraja El Quijote, facsimile of original deck designed by E. Pastor, reprinted by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1981.
Re-edition of a French-suited Spanish pack from the Napoleonic era, with designs by J. Carrafa.
Facsimile of cards attributed to Hans Schäufelein (c. 1480-1540) produced by ‘Calliope’, a New York City-based band.
Artist Edward Locker’s view of London life in 1799, using every card in the pack as part of the picture.
Reproduction of a French pack by François Silvestre intended to teach heraldry, produced in Paris in 1712.
‘Cartes de Luxe’ first published by Biermans in 1877 was reproduced in facsimile by Amstel Beer in c.1980.
The cards were printed from copper plates, with the red suit symbols being applied later by stencil. The court cards contain interesting miniature versions of the standard full-length figures used on playing cards at the time
“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817
Eclipse Comic playing cards is a reproduction of the first transformation pack printed in the USA in 1876 by F.H. Lowerre.
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