Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The international pattern IV- Anon (2)

International pattern ( anon ) - 52 c. +2 jokers (lost)
The following deck is very much a curiosity. The courts are the standard international pattern, printed in 3 colours, but note where the suit signs are placed. On an ordinary deck , all the suit signs are located on the top left corner. In this deck, however, on five of the twelve courts, the suit sign is placed on the top right corner.
This feature is found in the most antique of cards, right up till the late 19thc. , where all the suit signs were shifted to the top left
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