Since 1882 the Company has designed and presented an annual double pack of playing cards to each liveryman and freeman of the Company at the Installation of the new Master. Since 1888 a portrait of the Master has appeared at the centre of the Ace of Spades, and the design chosen and developed by the Master has traditionally commemorated an event of importance occurring in the 12 months leading up to the Master’s year in office such as the Company's first Lord Mayor and Sheriff or some royal or historical celebration.
This tradition ensures that each Master of the Company is truly a 'Maker of Playing Cards'. The origin of the Company coat of arms is un-known; however Grant of Arms was presented in 1982.
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See the Makers of Playing Cards Charity Trust Brochure , Information and latest News
Next Livery Dinners
6th April 2017 - Livery Dinner with Guests at the Skinners' Hall.
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Court Assistant Dr.Paul Bostock has been commissioned by Bridge Magazine to write 12 monthly articles on Playing Cards.
P/M Roddy Somerville has a new page to bring interesting items about unusual packs from the Company's Playing Card Collection
Click the picture to go to the Curator's Corner.
Links to latest items in Member's area
(Including the Burn's Night Supper Photographs)
Master's Programme for 2016 - 2017
The Master's calendar card for the programme of events for the year can now be downloaded here.
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