top of page
  • Pete Berthoud

Scottish Tartan Playing Cards

Updated: Jan 9

Scottish Tartan Playing Cards, Pepys Series - Red & Blue Boxes


First Published: circa 1956-1970, Pepys Series

Contents: 52 Cards + 2 Jokers


Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - Red Box Front

Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - Red Box Front


Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - Blue Box Front

Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - Blue Box Front


Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - Ace of Spades

Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - Ace of Spades


Scottish Tartan Playing Cards


The Pepys cards were produced by Alf Cooke. A very similar design was produced by Alf Cooke for Woolworths "De Luxe Pictorial Fabric Finish Playing Cards" range, below.

Woolworths "De Luxe Pictorial Fabric Finish Playing Cards" with Tartan/Balmoral Backs.


Whilst the Woolworths cards are very similar to the Pepys packs there are some clear differences. The court cards are printed without the colour blue and the Jokers have a banner beneath them. The backs, pips and Ace of Spades are common to both.


Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - Common Back

Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - Common Backs in both Pepys boxes and the Woolworths pack.


Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - Blue and Red boxes with attached cards.

Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - Blue and Red Pepys boxes with attached cards.


The four Tartans depicted are Buchanan, Campbell of Loudon, Macleod, Royal Stewart and the central photo is of Balmoral Castle.


The two Pepys packs featured here were part of Rex Pitts’ collection and his observations are used here to give the approximate dates of production.


Box Details



Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - ​Box Top Red




Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - ​Box Side Left Red



Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - ​Box Base Red



Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - ​Box Side Right Red



Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - ​Box Top Blue



Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - ​Box Side Left Blue



Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - ​Box Base Blue



Scottish Tartan Playing Cards - ​Box Side Right Blue


Post: Blog2_Post
bottom of page