Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

Special Cards

The Company occasionally produces some special editions in addition to the annual series of cards. These 'Specials' often commemorate particular events such as Coronations and the change of Milleniu between years 2000 and 2001. Some of the earliest specials simply reproduced some favourite older sets, perhaps to bring these designs before a wider audience.

Special Pack 1890

This pack by Bancks Brothers is a standard with a specially printed back (top left of image). These were issued at a Ladies' Dinner, and there is room in the box for a copy of the menu.

Special Pack 1897

A twin pack commemmorating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Special Pack 1902

A twin pack The Coronation of King Edward VII

Special Pack 1904

The winning entry in The Company's competition.

Special Pack 1911

A twin pack The Coronation of King George V

Special Pack 1911

A twin pack marking the end of two Millenia A.D.

Cutler Trust

A re-issue in 2004 of the 1904 special back design - the winning design in a competition organised by The Company. The pack was given to the lasy guests at the Installation of Master Ladd. Since 2004, the pack has been sold in aid of the Cutler Trust, an independent charity run and supported by members of the Company.


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