Boisse English pattern

E. Boisse English pattern, c.1870

Above: uncut sheet of standard English pattern full-figure courts, ornate blue outlines, printed by E. Boisse, Bordeaux, c.1870. There had been a trend of ornamented court cards since the 1840s when De La Rue's letterpress printing technology facilitated a move away from woodblocks.

Right: De La Rue's designs used between c.1840-65 with more fancy patterning on the clothes, also with blue outlines. These became the basis for all De La Rue's later double-ended courts and comparison with the example by Boisse shown above reveals a close similarity.

Last Updated September 13, 2016 at 07:31pm


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