We'll start with some examples of the objects that you can find in our showcases at home. On a separate page there are some examples of the sub-collection of 100+ pins with a playing card theme.

A cute and delicate porcelain Queen of hearts , that hides her functionality. Under her skirt is a small porcelain ball at the end of an iron cord. Guessed it? It's a table bell! Probably made in England ca. 1900.

A small playing card press, made of chromium plated iron. No marks or hints to where this cute little press (for one deck only) came from.

Sometimes you find objects that have a function, but one can only guess to it's nature. The wheel with cards behind this carton gipsy woman can be turned. The object was probably used for fortune telling or another kind of cartomancy. The how and why are unknown. Maybe there's a visitor that can give us more info about this curious object.
And Pascal Pette from Paris brought the answer: it's part of a game that was published by the Milton Bradley Company in 1905 as "The Fortune Teller".

This "Bridge Cash" set is also made of carton. The chips have different values and were probably used to spice up the game a bit, without getting into real financial trouble.

These two book holders come from Holland and were probably made in the 1930's. We have found a nice matching book to go with them. A mystery novel by Ellery Queen, with a queen of diamonds on the dustcover. The title is "The mystery of the Egyptian Cross"

A playing card box and it's content

A tray, made in oak, with a glass plate that covers

a nice, detailed,  hand-drawn playing card design.

in detail....

A glass coaster with a King of Diamonds

enameled onto the glass. France, 1920's.


and..................a matching pair of glasses.