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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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French Suited Piquet

French Suited Piquet by David Vachet, Switzerland, c.1812.

French Suited Piquet

Willeb Cartes Piquet 502

Éditions Willeb Cartes à Jouer Piquet - Belote - Manille Laquées 502

Willeb Cartes Piquet 502

Swiss Piquet Playing Cards, c.1850-60

Piquet playing-cards made by J. Müller, Diessenhofen, c.1850-60. The full-length court cards are following the French style.

Swiss Piquet Playing Cards, c.1850-60