Andrew Dougherty’s “Army & Navy” deck, c.1865
This remarkable and rare deck from the Civil War era has non-standard suits. The blue suits depict the ironclad warships “Monitor” and “Merrimack” and the red suits depict Zouaves and Drummer Boys. The court cards are full-length caricatures of naval and other personnel. The Ace of Monitors reads: “To commemmorate the greatest event in Naval History, the substitution of iron for wood. A. Dougherty Manufacturer, 26 Beekman St. N.Y.”
In March 1862 civil war in North America brought about an engagement between the Union's “Monitor”, mounting two heavy guns in an armoured revolving turret, and the broadside-armed Confederate ship “Virginia” (ex-frigate “Merrimack” cut down and iron-plated) known as the Battle of Hampton Roads (also known as “the Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack”) in the first engagement between ironclad warships. The battle lasted four hours without inflicting serious damage and with only one casualty, but heralded the beginning of a new era of ironclad warships rather than wooden ones.
Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912.
Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.
Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.
Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10.
Inspector card game published by W F Jackson & Sons, 1940s.
Spy card game published by Valentine’s Games, c.1915.
Sister Susie Snap published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, c.1915.
Who’s Who or Food for Thought, a wartime card game, c.1939.
The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.
Patriotic Misfitz published by C.W Faulkner & Co, Ltd, c.1906.
“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.
Hand-made playing cards by French prisoners of war in Porchester Castle, Hampshire, c.1796.
Safety First card game embodying the Kerb Drill, published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, 1940s.
Wartime Snap, a memoir of past times, c.1941.
World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.
Wizard of Oz card game published by Pepys, 1940,
“Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of French Revolution deck originally published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793.
“Naked Truth” Playing Politics with caricatures by Jason Pratt, 1997
“Jungle Parties” or “Playing Politics '87” designed & drawn by Patrick Cuenot.
Churchill ‘Walking with Destiny’ playing cards published by the Imperial War Museum.
“Mapit” war map card game published by Geographia Ltd, 55 Fleet Street, London E.C., c.1940s.
Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943
Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwell, London, c.1946.
A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.
In 1943 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.
Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698
“Playing Politics” or “Cabinet Shuffle” specially commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983
Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888.
Back to the USSR deck featuring communist party leaders and politicians, c.1995
‘Glorious Russia’ playing cards made in France by Grimaud, c.1995
“XVI Century European Naval Powers” deck illustrated by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano and produced by Heraclio Fournier in 1981.
Kaiser Jubiläum Imperial playing cards made in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna
Political “Skat Politisch” published by ASS, 1976
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.
“We’re Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line” wartime card game made by William Sessions Ltd, 1940s
“Squadron Scramble” card games for identifying military planes, Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin, 1942.
125th anniversary of the Argentine Naval Hydrographic Service, 2004.
“War Planes” playing cards for aircraft recognition published by Temple Press Limited, c.1940.