Games & Playing Cards

 
A selection of games and playing cards from the 17th and 18th Centuries

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Burlesque Theatre Playing Cards 1700

Burlesque Theatre Playing Cards 1700

This is a set of replica playing cards of a pack first sold in the year 1700. It consists of the standard four houses and features characters from 17th Century Burlesque Theatre (no not the striptease kind). There are no Jokers in this pack as these weren't featured in packs of playing cards until about 1860. Printed on period correct Laid card. The cards are also available with a period wooden holder based on surviving examples. The cards are...
£11.00

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Early German Playing Cards 1616

Early German Playing Cards 1616

This replica pack of cards is a complete set of 52 cards based on a set of German engraved silver cards dating from the year 1616. It features the four Italian suits: swords, batons, cups, and coins. Each suit has a King, a Knight rather than a Queen, a Knave rather than a Jack, and then the normal Ace through to ten numbered cards. There are no Jokers in this pack as these weren't featured in packs of playing cards until about 1860. Printed on...
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The Beggar's Opera Playing Cards 1730

The Beggar's Opera Playing Cards 1730

The Beggar's Opera with lyrics and dialogue by the poet John Gay (1685-1732) was first performed on 29 January 1728. The music was taken from many popular tunes of' the day, mostly English and Scottish, even some French, and chosen and arranged by John Christopher Pepusch, a German who had settled in England and who was a composer as well as an adapter of' stage musical works. Gay had told Pope that he thought "A Newgate Pastoral might make an...
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15th Century Oval Playing Cards

15th Century Oval Playing Cards

The Cloisters set of fifty-two cards constitutes the only known complete deck of illuminated ordinary playing cards (as opposed to tarot cards) from the fifteenth century. The are four suits, each consisting of a king, a queen, a knave, and ten pip cards. The suit symbols, based on equipment associated with the hunt, are hunting horns, dog collars, hound tethers, and game nooses. The value of the pip cards is indicated by appropriate repetitions...
£18.00

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