King and Queen of Hearts two-sided toby jug designed by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1996 limited edition of 2,500. American firms began making playing cards around 1800. Yankee ingenuity soon invented or adopted practical refinements: double-headed court cards, varnished surfaces, indexes, and rounded corners. Americans also invented the Joker. It originated around 1870 and was inscribed as the Best Bower, the highest card in the game of Euchre. Since the game was sometimes called Juker, it is thought that the Best Bower card might have been referred to as the Juker card which eventually evolved into Joker. By the 1880s, certainly, the card had come to depict a jocular imp, jester or clown. Many other images were also used, especially as Jokers became vehicles for social satire and commercial advertising. Similarly, the backs of cards were used to promote ideas, products and services, and to depict famous landmarks, events, and even fads. The King of Hearts was originally Charlemagne and the Queen of Hearts was the biblical character ,Judith. This is the third two-sided toby jug depicting images found on playing cards.
Playing Card Series