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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1896,0501.942.1-54.+

  • Description

    Complete pack of 52 playing cards, with an additional two cards headed 'The Use of the Cards', designed for divination; every alternate numeral card has an astrological sphere, and the others are filled with fortune-telling answers; the court cards are full length figures, the same for the kings and queens, with different figures for the knaves representing Cupid, Mohammed, Wat Tyler and John Hewson; with the exception of the knaves on which are identified the figure illustrated, each card is inscribed at the top with a name of an astrologer, sibyl, magician, etc.; suit-mark and value in upper corners; plain backs. c. 1670
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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1745-1756
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 91 millimetres
    • Width: 57 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Regular cards lettered with name of astrologer, sibyl, magician etc. at top; some cards lettered extensively with text; two additional cards lettered extensively with text explaining 'The Use of the Cards', and providing an example, after which 'Sold by Iohn Lenthall Stationer at the Talbot against St. Dunstans Church Fleetstreet London.'
  • Curator's comments

    Advertisements for this popular fortune-telling pack appeared from 1690 to 1754. This particular pack can be dated to between 1745 and 1756 by the tax stamp on the ace of spades.

  • Bibliography

    • Schreiber English 82 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Playing-cards Schreiber E.82)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1896

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1896,0501.942.1-54.+

Complete pack of 52 playing cards, with an additional two cards headed 'The Use of the Cards', designed for divination; every alternate numeral card has an astrological sphere, and the others are filled with fortune-telling answers; the court cards are full length figures, the same for the kings and queens, with different figures for the knaves representing Cupid, Mohammed, Wat Tyler and John Hewson; with the exception of the knaves on which are identified the figure illustrated, each card is inscribed at the top with a name of an astrologer, sibyl, magician, etc.; suitmark and value in upper corners; plain backs. c. 1670  Engraving

Complete pack of 52 playing cards, with an additional two cards headed 'The Use of the Cards', designed for divination; every alternate numeral card has an astrological sphere, and the others are filled with fortune-telling answers; the court cards are full length figures, the same for the kings and queens, with different figures for the knaves representing Cupid, Mohammed, Wat Tyler and John Hewson; with the exception of the knaves on which are identified the figure illustrated, each card is inscribed at the top with a name of an astrologer, sibyl, magician, etc.; suitmark and value in upper corners; plain backs. c. 1670 Engraving

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