Delightful set of early 17th century engraved and hand-coloured German playing cards with French suit signs by an unknown artist with monogram I.S. or S.I., c.1610 to 1650. A variety of comic or imaginary wildlife scenes have been illustrated between the suit symbols which are stencilled into the normal positions. The red suits have birds whilst the black suits have animals. Some animals derive from fables, such as a unicorn on the two of clubs. Orpheus plays the lyre on the four of spades as animals listen to his music. The 10 of spades depicts a cat fiddling as mice dance around his feet! The kings, queens and valets are debonair and gracious. The four of hearts bears an English “Stock in Hand” tax stamp of c.1712 which would have been applied on importation. The “Stock in Hand” stamp was levied prior to the introduction of the first red duty stamps and covered stock held at the time of the act as opposed to imports after the act. These cards would have been seen by John Lenthall as he followed the designs in his “Forest Cards”, often reversing the image.
52 selected views of Scotland by De La Rue (Waddingtons) for GlenAlan Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, c.1960s.
Portuguese regional costumes published by the French division of Banco Pinto & Sotto Mayor.
Publicity items for a group of entertainers, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK, 1911.
Theatre programme in the form of a pack of cards. East Germany, c.1967.
Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.
54 different personalities from the city of Inverness published by the Highland Hospice.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme covers from 1956 to 2016 published by Winning Moves UK Ltd.
Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.
Hunters, animals and birds feature on all but the Kings in this pack by Theodor Wegener, c.1863-70.
A few items used for advertising or displaying Dondorf playing card products.
A set of advertising poster stamps for C.L.Wüst playing cards.
Celebrating the work of Andreas Vesalius in the quincentenary year of his birth.
Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.
Great Britains’s Olympic gold medallists from 1964 to 2004 published by the British Olympic Association.
Celebration of the work of David Kindersley, stone letter-carver and typeface designer. Published by the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop, Cambridge, UK, 2015.
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
Pack celebrating the rugby world champions of 2003. Produced by MMcardz.
Miniature playing cards, possibly for children, with a romantic theatrical theme. C.L. Wüst c.1890.
This miniature pack is very similar to one made by C.L.Wúst in c.1890.
Estonian national costumes and everyday items feature on this pack made in Estonia.
A pack of 53 temporary tattoo designs published by Wink, Riga, Latvia, c.2017.
An interesting pack of playing cards with illustrated Indian aces made "Specially for the Bombay Market", c.1915.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
‘Aphorisms on the Kiss’ published by C. A. Solbrig, Leipzig, 1808.
“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704.
Hall & Son
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
Wüst Spanish pattern c.1910 advertising Cuban ‘Tropical’ beer.
Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.
The maker is possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut (1799-1881).
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.
In standard English packs the Ace of Spades is associated with decorative designs. This is a historical survey of why this should be.
In this newsletter we’re looking at how fashion and costume is represented through playing card art since the 14th century through to today.
Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.
Dubois card makers from Liège in the Walloon Region of Belgium.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
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