C. W. Faulkner & Co Ltd, 79 Golden Lane, London E.C.
Faulkner & Co. Ltd were prolific card game manufacturers over a period of around 50 years, c.1870-1920. The Shakespeare Playing Cards pack was published in c.1906. The original paintings for the courts are by John H. Bacon. The chromolithographic printing was done in Germany by B. Dondorf and the name of the publisher appears not only on the Ace of Spades but also on the Jack of Clubs where Dondorf would normally print their own name. The cards were also issued by Dondorf as Shakespeare-Spielkarte, Whist No.192.
The courts are not named but a separate card lists the characters. These are: Spades, from Hamlet, K: Claudius King of Denmark, Q: Gertrude, J: grave digger. Hearts, K: Henry V, Q: Katherine, from Henry V, J: Hubert de Burgh from King John. Clubs, K: Richard III, Q: Lady Anne, from Richard III, J: Jacques from As You Like It. Diamonds, from Henry VIII are K: Henry VIII, Q: Katherine of Aragon, J: Sir Thomas Lovell.