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Published July 03, 1996 Updated July 11, 2023

David Hurter, Schaffhausen

David Hurter built up a playing card business in Schaffhausen during the 18th century.

1860 Switzerland David Hurter History Add to Collection

David Hurter, Schaffhausen

David Hurter had begun to build up a playing card business in connection with a paper factory in Schaffhausen since 1793. The cards shown below are from a double-ended Swiss-suited deck which, although more convenient, loses some charming features from the designs. Click here to see a single-ended version. The business was subsequently taken over by his son David, and in 1863 was sold to Müller.

cards from double-ended Swiss-suited deck made by David Hurter, Schaffhausen

Above: cards from double-ended Swiss-suited deck made by David Hurter, Schaffhausen.

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By Simon Wintle

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.


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