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A version of the old Spanish National pattern which was manufactured by Parisian card makers in the 19th century for export to South America.

The ‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern

A version of the old Spanish National pattern which was manufactured by Parisian card makers in the 19th century for export to South America.

The ‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud

Naipes ‘Tito’, Camilloni Hnos

Naipes ‘Tito’, Camilloni Hnos, Montevideo, c.1950.

Naipes ‘Tito’, Camilloni Hnos

Naipes ‘Miguelito’

The standard Spanish-suited 'Parisian' style (Tipo Frances) is based on models exported to South America by French manufacturers during the nineteenth century.

Naipes ‘Miguelito’

Naipes Tatú

Naipes Tatú, M.C. de Casabó S.A., Montevideo, c.1956

Naipes Tatú

Naipes “El Gaucho”, c.1955-60

Naipes “El Gaucho” Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A., Montevideo, c.1955-60

Naipes “El Gaucho”, c.1955-60

The ‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern

A version of the old Spanish National pattern which was manufactured by Parisian card makers in the 19th century for export to South America.

The ‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern