These reproduction playing cards are made from designs commonly used from the 18th to 19th century. Each deck includes 52 suited pirate-themed and numberless cards (set does not include Jokers). The face cards feature famous pirates of the time: Henry Every, Edward England, Stede Bonnet, Charles Vane, Calico Jack, Bartholomew Roberts, Howell Davis, Blackbeard, Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Jokers feature Captain Kidd.
The cards are printed on uncoated quality cream-colored cardstock and are blank on the back, in order to keep the reproductions as accurate as possible. Cards from the earlier centuries were blank. But when they were used for poker it was discovered the blank backs could be marked with a smudge or other discreet marking for cheating. The joker wasn’t introduced until about 1875 in the United States. Numbers were first printed on cards around the end of the 18th century.
Great gift for the card-playing pirate lover!
– Card size is 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
– Printed on uncoated cream cardstock
– Colored Face cards are different pirates from the 1700’s
– Antique reproduction