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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.

Anonymous possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut.

The maker is possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut (1799-1881).

Can you identify this deck?

The maker is possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut (1799-1881). He produced from about 1820 to 1873, with this deck probably c.1830.

Above: Klaus-Jurgen Schultz believes this deck is by K.T. Knaut as he knows a very similar deck with the identical base drawing, but coloured differently, that is by Knaut. Unfortunately there is no box or maker’s inscription anywhere, so it could be a copy pretending to be Knaut. From collection of Barney Townshend.

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By Barney Townshend

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Retired Airline Pilot, interested in: Transformation Playing Cards, Karl Gerich and Elaine Lewis. Secretary of the EPCS. Treasurer of the IPCS.

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