Baraja Espanola - The Spanish Deck
Hand coloured and hand cut ,19th Century playing cards , Naypes, Madrid 1801. (51 - missing the 'Ace of clubs')
Cartas or cards known as Baraja Espanola (Spanish Deck) are the playing cards associated with Spain. Spanish Suit symbols are cups,swords, coins and 'clubs' termed copas, espadas, oros and bastos. This is the old Catalan pattern one used since the 16th or 17th century which spread from Catalonia to Aragon and then throughout the rest of Spain until ceasing production in the early part of the 19th century. These rare cartas are a superb collectors item or would make a fantastic wall display framed in their individual suits.