Klaus Ensikat born 1937 is a much celebrated German Book Illustrator . His style of drawing is much admired and he has illustrated many books for children including notable stories by Tolkien and Hans Christian Anderson. When I first saw this deck it made me smile particularly the Jokers which are an odd group of characters. The deck was produced in 1976 by ASS Leinfelden for a shipping company called DSR, Rostock and has a nautical theme running through the deck with illustrations on all the courts, aces and tens.
John Leighton was an English artist notable for his book illustrations and book cover designs but he also produced some excellent card designs for Charles Goodall.
"Seven ages of man "design. The pack was release originally in 1864 but was later re-issued in the 1880's, 1890's and again in 1910.
This was issued in 1878 as part of a double pack to mark the arrival of "Cleopatra's Needle' to London from Egypt.
A very ornate set of playing cards known as the Royal Masonic playing cards and produced in 1886 for the London publisher John Hogg.
Royal Masonic Cards designed by John Leighton, his initials can be seen at the bottom left and right of the chequer board.
Royal mason ic playing cards with the court cards showing the Prince of Wales, Princess Alexandra and the Royal Brotherhood (the Dukes of Albany and Connaught) The Ace of Spades incorporates the the Royal Arms and various masonic signs.
Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. The back recalls various events within Queen Victoria's reign.