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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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“Deck with French suits”

A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid. • Feb 05, 2021

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Antike Götter

“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830. • Aug 11, 2017

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Caleb Bartlett

Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40. • Oct 14, 2020

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Cartes de Luxe (1877) facsimile

‘Cartes de Luxe’ first published by Biermans in 1877 was reproduced in facsimile by Amstel Beer in c.1980. • Aug 19, 2016

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Dames de France

“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817 • Jul 21, 2017

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Flemish Hunting Deck

Set of medieval playing cards with King, Queen, Knave and numeral cards from one to ten in each of four suits which refer to the activity of hunting, as practiced by the nobility. • May 06, 2015

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Hardy

The Hardy family of playing card manufacturers began with Henry Hardy (1784-89) and continued through to Hardy & Sons who finally closed down in c.1840. • Jun 02, 2010

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Heraldic playing cards

Reproduction of Richard Blome’s Heraldic playing cards, 1684, presented to lady guests at WCMPC Summer Meeting in 1888. • Aug 22, 2020

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I. Hardy facsimile

Facsimile edition of 19th century I. Hardy Exportation deck complete with reproduction tax wrapper, c.1990s • May 19, 2017

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Jeu de l’an 2

“Jeu de l’an 2” by Grimaud is a facsimile of French Revolutionary cards first published by Veuve Mouton in c.1793 • Sep 16, 2016

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Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II

“Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of French Revolution deck originally published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793. • Sep 12, 2017

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Jeu Mythologique

“Jeu Mythologique” facsimile 18th century pack by J M Simon, 1983. • Oct 20, 2020

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Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil

“Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil” published by Éditions Dusserre, Paris, based on originals published in 1838. • Sep 16, 2016

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Johannes Müller c.1840

Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840. • Jan 21, 2018

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La Sibylle des Salons

La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979. • Apr 03, 2021

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Le Destin Antique

Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since... • Jan 29, 2021

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Le Jeu de la Guerre

Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698. • Aug 13, 2020

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Löschenkohl’s Musical Playing Cards

Johann Hieronymus Löschenkohl (1753-1807) produced a copper engraved deck of playing cards titled “Das Musikalische Kartenspiel” in 1806. • Feb 20, 2013

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Musikalisches Kartenspiel

Facsimile of Dondorf’s “Musikalisches Kartenspiel” (c.1862) published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004 • Mar 31, 2018

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On The Cards

A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019. • May 16, 2019

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Re-creation of Pierre Marechal playing-cards

English printers used Rouen court cards as inspiration for their own cruder, more stylized decks. The style of the costumes on English playing cards is late medieval, being descended from the Rouen models. • Jan 01, 1970

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Rois de France

Cartes des Rois de France (1644) facsimile edition by Edizioni del Solleone, 1986. • Oct 12, 2017

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Simon Wintle’s Spanish Suited Playing Cards

Decks are made up on two-ply pasteboard which reproduces the tactile quality of antique cards. Suits are Coins, Cups, Swords and Batons. • Jan 01, 1970

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Tarocchino Lombardo

“Tarocchino Lombardo” c.1835, a limited facsimile edition of 2500 by Edizione del Solleone, Italy, 1981. • Apr 11, 2013

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Tarocco Neoclassico

Gumppenberg published several new decks by artists or engravers of the day. The designs are clear and well-engraved, in the style of the revival of antiquity, preserving the symbolic intensity of the Tarot. • Apr 11, 2013

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Tell Wilmoś

Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860. • Aug 22, 2020

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The Book of Trades by Jost Amman, 1588

The Book of Trades by the prolific German Renaissance artist Jost Amman (1539-91). Suits are books, printers' pads, wine-pots and drinking cups. • Jan 01, 1970

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Tyrolean Playing Cards

Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992. • Mar 25, 2019

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William Tell

Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo. • Feb 26, 2021