Card Games

Pack of playing cards

Pack of playing cards from The Philippines

Collected by Edward Belcher
Christy Collection
Gift of A.W. Franks

Ethno 8171.a-ay

Playing cards spread across the world from China. The first European playing cards had the four suits of coins, sticks, swords and cups, which are still used in Italy and Spain today. The pack shown here is from the Philippines. It has the suits of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades. These were first invented by the French, but are now used across the world.