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made in Edinburgh

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This is the four of diamonds, one of a pack of 53 playing cards engraved in 1691 by Walter Scott, an Edinburgh goldsmith. The cards show the royal arms and arms of the Scottish nobility who sat in Parliament.

The arms of the Scottish Lords Steuart, Sinclar, Douglas and Semple are depicted on this card.

In the fifteenth century, the introduction of wood-block printing meant that playing cards were less expensive and more popular. Previous to this they had been handmade and owned only by royalty or the very wealthy.

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