Lombardy (or Milanesi) pattern

The origins of the Lombardy pattern, also referred to as Milanesi, probably lie in the early 19th century when it was a full-length design. Nowadays it is invariably double-ended. This pattern is also known in Ticinese in Italian speaking Switzerland which, until 1803, was part of the Duchy of Milan. The cards are French-suited, elongated and narrow, and their design is reminiscent of several used in eighteenth century south and south-eastern France (i.e. Provence and Lyons patterns which are now obsolete).

double-ended Lombard pattern pack by S.D. Modiano, c.1929

Above: double-ended Lombard pattern pack by S.D. Modiano, c.1929. 40 cards A - 7, J, Q, K. "Regno D'Italia - Lire Tre" tax stamp "Dic. 1929" on Ace or Hearts.

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    Lombardy pattern by Modiano, Trieste, c.1981

    Above: Lombardy pattern by Modiano, Trieste, c.1981 (essentially unchanged from the example shown above).

    Also known as Milanesi pattern

    Milanesi pattern by Dal Negro

    Above: Milanesi pattern by Dal Negro. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

The pack has never had indices. The example shown below is from an uncut sheet by Edoardo Pignalosa, c.1952.

Lombardy pattern by Edoardo Pignalosa, c.1952
Last Updated March 09, 2018 at 03:44pm


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