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.
Cartes Portugaises - 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.
Kings and Queens of Portugal between 1185 - 1279. by V. de J.J. Nunes , Lisbon, Portugal, 1977.
Portuguese regional costumes published by the French division of Banco Pinto & Sotto Mayor.
Portuguese proverbs in combination with special courts and suit-signs published by Apenas Livros, Lisbon.
Middle Ages by Germano & Cª, (Litografia Maia),
Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies
Dragon Fight card game by Playmobil ®, 2014.
Attractive deck by the Portuguese maker Maillard, c.1885 with scenic aces and German-style courts
“Ilha da Madeira” Souvenir playing cards with 54 colour views of the archipelago.
A gorgeous deck of cards featuring the dragon art of Kerem Beyit and printed by the United States Playing Card Company.
The highly individual Sicilian Tarot has the Italo-Portuguese suit system with straight, interlocking swords and batons, and maids instead of jacks
‘St George and the Dragon’ game made by Chad Valley for Flutter Met Games, 1930s.
Jessica Feinberg, mostly known for her unique mythic paintings of nature, dragons, is a creator the Earth Dragons and Other Rare Creatures playing cards.
19th century Portuguese pattern, re-printed from original woodblocks.
The so-called ‘Dragon Cards’, with winged monsters on the four Aces, are an enigmatic aspect of early playing card history.
There is a very interesting collection of playing cards held at the Strangers' Hall Museum in Norwich.
Whist No. 32 - Cartas de Jogar Nunes
Playing cards in this style have been discovered in various parts of the world, suggesting that they were exported or carried there by early explorers or merchants.
Portuguese type pack with ‘dragon’ aces made in Belgium by Mesmaekers Frères, Turnhout, c.1875-1900
Portuguese Type Playing Cards made in Belgium, c.1878.
Fernando Pessoa & Co playing cards - Lisbon
Portuguese Conjuring Playing Cards, c.1850.
Fragment of a sheet of archaic Spanish-suited 'Dragon' playing cards found during restoration of a house in Antwerp built between 1559 and 1574
10 cards from a pack of later Portuguese ‘Dragon’ type cards from c.1860, with the Maid of batons about to club a dog.
Playing Cards by J J Nunes, Lisbon, Portugal
The Real Fábrica de Cartas de Jogar was founded in 1769, by Royal Charter of King José, under the master craftsman Lorenzo Solezio, brother of Félix Solesio who ran the Spanish Real Fábrica at Macharaviaya.
Fragments of playing cards and 2 dice were unearthed in a 16th century rubbish tip adjacent to a Spanish house in the lower Rimac Valley in Peru, providing evidence of games played by early Spanish settlers.
Unsun Karuta うんすんかるた Japan c.1780.
Tensho Mekuri cards hand-made by Patricia Kirk, 2003
Japanese playing cards include: 'Awase' or 'matching pairs' cards and Portuguese or Spanish-derived 'Dragon' type cards.