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made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Playing card.
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Playing card

This is the three of hearts, 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 Elphingston (of Elphingston), Oliphant, Frazer (of Lovat) and Borthwick are depicted on the card.

Cards depicting coats-of-arms were popular from the seventeenth century onwards when there was a preoccupation with heraldry. Heraldic cards were produced in Scotland, England, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-823-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NS 211
Date: 1691
Dimensions: 80 mm H x 60 mm W
What: Card, playing / photograph
Who: Lyon Office
Walter Scott, Edinburgh (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Pack of playing-cards with the arms of the Scottish nobility, by Walter Scott, Edinburgh, 1691, comprising 53 cards in all together with a photograph of the missing seven of hearts
  • Mann, Sylvia. Collecting Paying Cards. USA: Bell Publishing Company Inc. 1967, p 10. 
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