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Published July 03, 1996 Updated June 12, 2023

Swiss Playing Cards by David Hurter, c.1830

David Hurter had begun to build up a playing card business in Schaffhausen during the late 18th century.

1830 Switzerland David Hurter Jass Patterns and Suit Types Add to Collection

David Hurter had begun to build up a playing card business in Schaffhausen during the late 18th century. The cards shown below are from a standard Swiss-suited deck made around 1830. Click here to see a double-ended version. The business was subsequently sold to Müller in c.1863.

Swiss Playing Cards by David Hurter, Schaffhausen, c.1830

Above: Swiss playing cards by David Hurter, Schaffhausen, c.1830

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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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