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Portuguese Type Playing Cards c.1860

10 cards from a pack of later Portuguese ‘Dragon’ type cards from c.1860, with the Maid of batons about to club a dog.

PORTUGUESE TYPE

10 cards from a pack of later Portuguese 'Dragon' type cards from c.1860, with the Maid of batons about to club a dog. Woodblock outlines, hand-coloured, although probably not made in Portugal, they are almost the same design as cards by Imprensa Nacional, Lisboa. This pattern was also exported to Brazil, but it disappeared at the end of the 19th century. 48 cards, 49 x 80 mm.

Click here to see a later version.

maid of batons

Cards courtesy of Fernanda Frazão.


Cartes Portugaises - courtesy Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart, Turnhout

reprint of the archaic Portuguese pattern, courtesy Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart, Turnhout

Above: modern reprint of the archaic Portuguese pattern, courtesy Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart, Turnhout.

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Curator 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.


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