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Patience Cards and their Boxes

Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.

Patience Cards and their Boxes

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall.

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board

Solitaired

As we are becoming separated from friends and families we worked with the Solitaired team to customize this game using traditional woodblock courts.

Solitaired

Schwarzer Peter

Schwarzer Peter No.831 by F.X. Schmid, c.1960s.

Schwarzer Peter

Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is a free web site offering new versions of the classic solitaire card game

Spider Solitaire

Barribal patience

Waddington’s Patience Cards from the Barribal Series, c.1929.

Barribal patience

Tesseract Mobile Solitaire Games

Tesseract Mobile’s new Solitaire card games for Android devices features dynamic playing cards that change style...

Tesseract Mobile Solitaire Games

Prince of Wales National Relief Fund 1914

A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.

Prince of Wales National Relief Fund 1914

Piccadilly Patience

Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955

Piccadilly Patience

Rococo Playing Cards

Piatnik’s Rococo style playing cards issued as “Rococo Patience”, “Luxus-Patience”, “Empire Patience”, “White Horse Patience”, “Patience-Whist No.140”, “Mini Patience” and “Lady Patience”

Rococo Playing Cards

F. X. Schmid Mini-Patience

Miniature Patience playing cards in Rococo style published by F. X. Schmid, c.1960

F. X. Schmid Mini-Patience

Czech Patience Cards

Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings.

Czech Patience Cards

Goodall & Son’s Patience & Miniature packs

Goodall & Son’s Patience & Miniature packs came in various styles of box and back design, c.1890-1930.

Goodall & Son’s Patience & Miniature packs

Modiano Patience

Patience cards published by Modiano, c.1945.

Modiano Patience

Otto Tragy Jugendstil Spielkarten

Special Jugendstil playing cards designed by Otto Tragy and first published by Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik Schneider & Co. in c.1898.

Otto Tragy Jugendstil Spielkarten

Merry Andrew

There are two Aces to each suit; one plain and the other with figures of a young woman and man, presumably Merry Andrew and his girl-friend.

Merry Andrew

Wüst Oval Patience

C. L. Wüst Oval Patience Karten No. 240, beautifully printed by chromolithography, c.1910.

Wüst Oval Patience

Einar Nerman Patience

Einar Nerman (1888–1983) was a talented Swedish artist born in Norrköping who designed playing cards during the 1920s.

Einar Nerman Patience

Lettische Patience

Karl enjoyed experimenting with design and production and this work was published in 1994 as a 32-card pack with one joker. The double-ended courts are, by Gerich's standards, plain with simple costume designs based on the designs of Arturs Duburs.

Lettische Patience

Patience Indien

Karl Gerich's “Patience Indien No.16”, published in 1991, is adapted from Grimaud's “Whist Indienne” (c.1900). The double-ended courts are dressed in Arab garb.

Patience Indien

Patience No.21

‘Patience No.21’ is a 52-card miniature deck with double-ended courts and a Joker holding a fan of cards.

Patience No.21

Kinder-Karte

First published in c.1870, children are presented in these miniature Patience cards disguised as Kings, Queens and Jacks. The Kings' crowns are slightly over-sized for their heads and the children are wearing false beards.

Kinder-Karte

Pigmy Playing Cards

Pigmy Miniature Playing Cards

Pigmy Playing Cards

Minnie Patience

Minnie Patience. The backs show images of Mickey & Minnie mouse dancing together.

Minnie Patience

Karlis Krauze

Latvian Patience Cards designed by Karlis Krauze, mid 1930s

Karlis Krauze

Swiss Album patience

Swiss Album patience cards manufactured by C. L. Wüst (Frankfurt), c.1900, with a different landscape on the reverse of each card. The court cards depict costumed figures along with shields from the cantons.

Swiss Album patience