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Published December 21, 2023 Updated December 21, 2023

Spanish-suited deck by J.Y. Humphreys

A rare Spanish-suited deck published by J.Y. Humphreys, Philadelphia, c.1816.

1816 USA James Y. Humphreys Spanish Suited Add to Collection

A Spanish-suited deck published by James Y. Humphreys, Philadelphia c.1816. The cards are interesting due to the American symbolism depicted on the aces. At the same time, the designs show influences of Spanish-suited cards exported from France. Humphreys’ monogram appears on the 7 of coins.

Spanish-suited deck published by J.Y. Humphreys, Philadelphia, c.1816
Spanish-suited deck published by J.Y. Humphreys, Philadelphia, c.1816

Above: Spanish-suited deck published by J.Y. Humphreys, Philadelphia, c.1816. Stencil-coloured woodcuts, 48 cards. Hochman Encyclopedia reference U29d. From the collection of Enrique García Martín.

The wrapper for this deck has the Spanish royal coat of arms over the words “Naipes Espanoles” and the words “Manufacturado por James Y Humphreys, No.36 Calle Primera Sud, Philadelphia”.

Humphreys’ monogram appears on the 7 of coins.

References

Dawson, Tom & Judy: The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, U.S. Games Systems Inc., 2000

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By Alberto Pérez González

Member since December 21, 2016

I am a researcher and my primary interest lies in playing cards manufactured in Cádiz (not the 'Cádiz' type in general). I have authored several articles in the annual Asescoin magazine 'La Sota'. Among them are: “Madrid’s Playing Cards from the 17th to the 20th Century”; “New Contributions to the Study of Playing Cards in the Valencian Country”; “The Fouquets: 'Navarra pattern' in the Netherlands”; “Divided Playing Cards: Combining Ingenuity with Skill”; “Here Be Dragons: Speculations on the Evolution of the so-called 'Portuguese' Pattern”; “Playing Cards in Chile: News and Chronicles from the Viceroyalty Era”...

I have written and designed the book “Los Naipes de Cádiz” (296 pp). Additionally, I have contributed to the design, layout, and collaboration in Enrique García Martín’s book “Naipes, Arte y Fantasía” (444 pp).


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