Based on the legend of William Tell
Although primarily associated with Hungary, the deck was also used in Austria, Bohemia and Bosnia. Featuring German suit symbols, the 'Hungarian' or 'Seasons' pattern depicts seasonal scenes on the four Aces. For example, the Ace of Acorns shown below (top row) depicts a man warming his hands, representing winter... and so on. The Kings are mounted on horseback and the over- and under-knaves are usually named and portray medieval Central European heroes. Cards are double-ended and packs contain 24, 32 or 36 cards: typically 7-8-9-10, Lower (Knave or Jack), Upper (Knight or Noble), King, Ace.
...this is the most popular card type in Hungary. Maybe it's more popular than French style poker cards. With the Hungarian deck you can play a lot of card games. Every village has its own game and rules with this card deck. I know about 50 games with it. And everybody can play with these cards minimum 1 game. So this is the why I say this is the most popular card type in Hungary. [Attila Bagossy]
Member since February 01, 1996
Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Pack featuring six images from the Disney film of the same name, on cards made for Eastern Europe.
Characters and scenes from the Disney film of the same name, on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
Featuring Disney Princesses and Enchanting Tales in two sizes of pack made for Eastern Europe.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other Disney characters on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
Luxus No.123 Hungarian seasons pattern manufactured in Hungary by the Playing-Card Factory and Print...
Non-standard playing cards produced by Artex (Budapest) for the Gdynia-America Line, Poland, c.1958....
During the 19th century a system of fortune telling arose in Europe using unnumbered, pictorial card...
The court cards in this delightful Art Deco pack represent persons in various colourfully embroidere...
Hungarian 'Seasons' playing cards made by G. Berger, Alsina 373, Buenos Aires c.1940
32 cards Hungarian "Seasons" pattern, with Argentinean tax stamp and trade mark of six-pointed star ...
The Hungarian Seasons pattern. With the Hungarian deck you can play a lot of card games. Every villa...