Heinrich Hauck German 16th Century Playing Cards
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This deck is a reproduction of a set of 16th century German renaissance playing cards.
Fragments of the extant card artefacts are held at Yale University, the British Museum and the United States Playing Card Company collection. Several fragments of other decks by Heinrich Hauck have also been found and are held in private collections.
The cards are believed to have been made in Frankfurt in the Holy Roman Empire using woodcuts in 1585. The marks of the suits are bells, acorns, birds and flowers. The coat cards are Unter (under-knave), Ober (over-knave) and King.
The original card artefacts can be viewed on the British Museum website item number 1896,0501.1147. A second set of cards can be viewed at the Yale University Library Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Object ID: 11021549.
These cards are visually interesting and for experienced players can add a new dimension to your games. Great for Landsknecht re-enactment and living history events these cards attract the interest of the public and give you something else to get up to after dark.
A great gift for father’s day, buy some coins to complete your medieval gambling set.
Printed on quality 300 gram card stock and hand cut to an oval shape.