English Illustrated Playing Cards from 1801 to 1900

c1828/1829 Imperial Royal Playing Cards - near mint

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.

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REF: CIS5414-0691
 

£2,500.00

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