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Published June 06, 2020 Updated April 12, 2022

Leather Card Case Patent Application

In 1932, a patent was granted to Colin Hart and George Franklin for a leather case in the form of a book cover for playing cards.

1932 United Kingdom Ephemera Patent Add to Collection

In 1932 a patent was granted to Colin Hart and George Franklin for a leather case in the form of a book cover for playing cards. The case was provided with a fastening strap and a silk ejector strip which went behind the cards to facilitate their easy removal.

1932 Patent for leather card case in form of a book

Above: 1932 Patent for leather card case in form of a book. See original files here

This particular model was patented in 1932, that's not to say there had not been earlier models. Some of these cases were made for the Furness Shipping Line by GJ Fuller & Co of Oxford Street London.

leather card case produced for the Furness Shipping Line by GJ Fuller & Co of Oxford Street London

Above: leather card case produced for the Furness Shipping Line by GJ Fuller & Co of Oxford Street London.


Leather card cases in the form of a book are not uncommon from other parts of the world.

German ‘Skat’ deck, 1935

Above: German ‘Skat’ deck made by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken in leather booklet, c.1935  see more

Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927

Above: Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927  see more

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