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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 
Six playing-cards from a numerical series, with French suit-marks. The cards are the 7 of diamonds, 7 and 10 of spades, and 2, 4 and 7 of clubs.The cards represent animals in landscapes, and they may have been used to afford instruction in natural history. On each of the cards is a printed monogram, the letter S intersected by the letter I (not mentioned in Willshire).

Hand-coloured etching
Backs plain
Early 18th Century

Museum number

1847,0306.97-102

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Six playing-cards from a numerical series, with French suit-marks. The cards are the 7 of diamonds, 7 and 10 of spades, and 2, 4 and 7 of clubs.The cards represent animals in landscapes, and they may have been used to afford instruction in natural history. On each of the cards is a printed monogram, the letter S intersected by the letter I (not mentioned in Willshire). Hand-coloured etching Backs plain Early 18th Century

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