Period Playing Cards

Our reproduction playing cards are used by historical reenactors around the world

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    Dating to 1588 this 52-card deck is based on one of the most significant works of Jost Amman, one of the more prolific artists of the German Renaissance. German printers experimented with a wide range of suit symbols, this deck uses Books, Jars, Printers' Ink Pads and Cups. As was common in German cards, there are no jacks and queens, but rather the German equivalents of an “unter” (“under” with the suit sign at the bottom of the card), an Ober (“over” with the suit sign at the top of the card) and kings on horseback. It also features a female figure as the 10 of each suit. The backs are blank as was most common on early cards. They are about 3.5 " x 2.25" the size of a modern "Bridge deck," and printed on uncoated card stock for a historic look and feel.

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    16th Century French Cards

    This is a reproduction of a deck dated to 1567 that is based on a set of face cards by Pierre Marechal of Rouen, France. The cards of Rouen are significant because many were produced for export to Britain. English merchants are even said to have bought them for re-export to other countries. In 1628 England banned the importation of cards, and English printers have been shown to have used Rouen face cards as inspiration for their own cruder, more stylized decks which have become the standard motifs still used in many modern decks. They are about 3.5 " x 2.25" the size of a modern "Bridge deck."

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    $5.00 each + shipping

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    he 19th century.) The backs are blank as was most common on early cards.

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    Nicknamed the "poop deck" by some historical hobbyists, this will be our own replica of a satirical deck of cards dating from 1545 and designed by the German artist Peter Flötner. It used traditional German suits as well as "unter" and uber" figures rather than jacks and queens, and omits aces. 48-card decks were commonly used for a trick-taking game "Karnoffel." It was played mostly by the lower classes, and some naughty or satirical images on this deck reflect the game's lower class origins (the name Karnoffel itself translates as "hernia") It includes several satirical images such a monk vomiting, scenes of farting, spanking and "excreting". The back are blank as was most common for early playing cards. Includes an insert with the rules for the game Karnoffel. They are about 3.5 " x 2.25" the size of a modern "Bridge deck."

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    A reproduction of a deck from about 1750. The initials “HC” on the King of Hearts provide a clue as to who made the original printing blocks. The classic style of this deck makes it a good representative of decks used in both Britain and the U.S.A. from the early 18th century up to the late 19th century. Although jokers were not used until the 1800's, we have included jokers inspired by the face cards for games that require them. The backs are blank as was most common on early cards.

    Appropriate for Re-enactors from Restoration England to American Civil War. To insure they are useable by a wide range of reenactors (and help keep the cost low) we have specifically avoided recreating a period wrapper, or tax stamp so they are not tied to a specific year. They are about 3.5 " x 2.25" the size of a modern "Bridge deck."

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    Four Deck Card Set

    Buy our four most popular historic playing cards (French, 2 German decks & English) and we'll give you a free copy of our booklet of early card games
    (a $5.00 value).

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  • 1858 Samuel Hart Poker Deck
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    An authentic reproduction of an 1858 playing card deck by Samuel Hart & Co. with full-length, single-ended court figures, square corners and an unusual pictorial back design featuring a huntress peering across the landscape. The deck includes 52 cards plus a more conventional extra Ace of Spades and two information cards. 2.5” x 3.5”.

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    A facsimile of a deck of cards originally printed by Lawrence and Cohen, they include square-cut corners and two ace of spades (The original blue-colored ace with an American eagle, and a more standard-looking ace for people who find the original one confusing) They come packaged in a box printed with a facsimile of the original 1-cent tax stamps with an 1864 cancellation mark. These are a great compromise for people who want a period looking deck, but want the durability of a modern coated deck. They have a coating but with a matte finish so they are not as shiny as some plastic coated decks. Although they are based on an American deck, very similar cards were printed both in England and America. In fact, many early American card printers learned their trade in London, or imported the printing plates from England.

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    Believed to be the earliest, and most complete surviving tarot deck. It was commissioned by the Visconti family who were the Dukes of Milan in the 1450's. These cards are universally recognized as one of the most extraordinary examples of miniature art and Renaissance symbolism. They have been restored and printed with gold foil to enhance its original splendor.

    Contrary to popular belief, tarot cards were used for games long before they were used for fortune telling. They were the ancestors to modern trump, or trick-taking games.

    We also include our booklet with a short history of Tarot cards, and six of the earliest surviving Tarot games.

    Visconti Tarot with our Tarot Game Booklet

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    Based on the original 18th century design. Lower-class tarot cards have not been found dating to the origin of Tarot games. The Tarot of Marseilles may be the surviving eamples that are closest to the decks that may have been used by the common people during earlier centuries. We also include our booklet with a short history of Tarot cards, and six games that can be played with them.
    Tarot of Marseilles.

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    Save $6.00 over ordering our cards separately

    One of each of our reproduction playings cards plus your choice of one of our Tarot decks.

    1 English deck, 1 French Deck, 1 German Deck, 1 Civil War Deck
    1 Tarot Games Booklet, 1 Early Card games Booklet
    Your Choice of Tarot deck

    Save $6.00 compared to ordering them separately

    $45.00 + shipping

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  • Gypsy Witch® Fortune Telling Cards
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    Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards were first introduced in 1903 and have been published continuously since. They remain one of the most widely recognized and popular fortune-telling decks in the U.S.A. The deck provides an easy-to-learn method of divination. Each Gypsy Witch card is numbered and displays a pictorial illustration of the card’s symbolic meaning. Individual meanings of the cards are also written on the card faces. Standard playing cards are shown in miniature in the upper left corner.

    The card pack includes a small instruction booklet with two methods of laying out the cards for a short reading, and a long reading. The significance of each card is determined by its context and position in the layout.

    The Gypsy Witch deck includes Jokers and can be used for traditional card games, as well as for cartomancy. Cards measure 2.25" x 3.5"

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    This is a modern design, but the costuming and portrait-like designs on the face cards are so beautiful we couldn't resist carrying this deck imported from Austria.
    $10.00/deck + shipping

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