A complete set of 52 cards portraying single-figure non-standard court cards and ‘fancy’ aces.
Court card portray historical figures of France, England, Spain and Turkey.
These were published by S & J Fuller at the Temple of Fancy, 34 Rathborne Place, London – Fuller produced Transformation playing cards in the earlier part of the century.
The Duty Ace of Spades is of the ‘Old Frizzle’ variety and bears the name S & J Fuller and [ Duty ] ONE SHILLING.
The other Aces are decorated with Royal Insignia and the Ace of Clubs bears the publishers name.
They have a plain green back and are in a near mint condition.
[ These cards had been stored in a Georgian games box and whilst never having been played with they have obviously not been exposed to light either as there is no ‘tale tale’ dulling of the colours ].
The cards are printed from wood cuts outline and stencil coloured.
The court cards depict
Hearts – King – Francis I, Queen – Eleonora of Portugal, Jack – Cardinal du Bellay.
Diamonds – King – Emperor Charles the Fifth, Queen – Isabella, Jack – Cardinal Adrian: later Pope.
Clubs – King – Solyman the Magnificent, Queen – Roxalana, Jack – Barbarossa.
Spades – King – Henry VIII, Queen – Anne Bullen, Jack – Cardinal Wolsey.
These cards we would classify as scarce, especially so in this condition.
Ref: John Berry – The Collection of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards.