Cards & Games
$6.00A reproduction of a deck by Bamford of London, circa 1750. The initials "HC" on the King of Hearts suggest the printing blocks were likely made by an earlier printer whose business was taken over by Bamford. Although cards were printed in England as early as the 15th century, the oldest surviving English decks date from the 1600s. The classic style of this deck makes it a good representative of cards used in both Britain and America from the early 1700s to the late 1800s. Although Jokers were not included with cards until the 1800s, Jokers have been added to this deck for later, more modern games which may require them.
A full deck of replica 18th century English playing cards, printed in full color with historical accuracy in mind. Learn More
$6.00Dating 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, and this deck uses books, jars, printers' ink pads and cups. As was common in German cards, there are no jacks nor queens, but rather the German equivalents of an "unter" ("under" with the suit sign at the bottom of the card) and an "ober" ("over" with the suit sign at the top of the card) and kings on horseback. It also features a female figure for the 10 of each suit.
A beautiful deck of playing cards, replica from a 16th-century German set. Printed in full color with historical accuracy in mind. Learn More
$6.00A set of replica 16th century French playing cards. Printed in full color with historical accuracy in mind.
This deck is based on a set of face cards by Pierre Marechal of Rouen, France dating to 1567. The original Jack of Hearts and Jack of Diamonds were missing, but have been substituted with two similar cards, also from Rouen. The cards of Rouen are significant because in 1628, England banned the importation of cards, and English printers used Rouen cards as models for their own cruder, more stylized decks which have become the standard motifs still used in many modern decks. Learn More