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Piatnik Royal Court Cards

These examples of standard playing cards are among the most attractive playing cards in the world. Piatnik’s reputation for fine quality and artistic beauty is well founded. For more than 175 years, the Piatnik family has preserved and refined the art of paper manufacture and image production. Their products are highly regarded for their quality.

This a quaint story that begins with in a quiet little crafts shop in Vienna in the 19th century. In 1824 a one Anton Moser founded a card painting business in the 14th district of Vienna. The company did well enough, that after Moser’s death in 1843, a bright young employee by the name of Ferdinand Piatnik was able to take over the business and continue steering it along the road of success.

Ferdinand had the providential good fortune of marrying Moser’s widow, and together, in 1882 they were able to take their three sons, Ferdinand, Adolf and Rudolf, into the business, which became known from then on as 'Ferd. Piatnik & Sons'.

In the course of the 19th century, what Anton Moser had started as traditional craft shop in a Viennese district, Ferdinand and his sons slowly built into a sophisticated industrial scale enterprise.

In 1885 Ferdinand died leaving the successful business to his sons and wife. Ever since, the art of card manufacturing has been handed down from generation to generation. In their hundred and seventy five years or so of operation, Piatnik have both preserved and refined their arts of paper manufacturing and image production to produce playing cards that are reputed and named among the best.

Further Reading

The English Pattern
Regional Patterns of 18th Century France
Gallery of Early Standard Playing Cards


Delcine of English Court Cards - International Playing Card Society.
The Paris Pattern - Courtesty the World of Playing Cards.
Exposť of early and contemporary European Standards - DXPO Playing Cards.
Celebrates the English Standard Playing Card as a cultural icon - Paul Bostok's PlainBacks.com


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