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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.

Hand-made Spanish Suited Playing Cards

Decks are made on two-ply pasteboard which reproduces the tactile quality of antique cards.

Archaic Spanish Suited Playing Cards

This Spanish suited pack of playing cards mimics sixteenth century French and Spanish production, and is based upon surviving specimens. This pattern is now completely extinct today.

Simon Wintle’s Spanish Suited Playing Cards

Suitable for play, re-enactment or where an authentic period feel is required.

Decks are made up on two-ply pasteboard which reproduces the tactile quality of antique cards. Suits are Coins, Cups, Swords and Batons. 48 cards + 1 extra card. Reverse: plain. Size: 48mm x 75mm.

Click the five of swords to see an enlargement.

Two of Cups Caballero of Coins Ace of Coins Sota of Cups Five of Swords, click to see enlargement King of Coins Caballero of Clubs Two of Clubs
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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996.

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