As Fournier France 246. Made by B P Grimaud the four suits represent the four major imperial powers of the 19th century. Russia, Austria, France and Great Britain. The Kings and Queens being the heads and spouses of those imperial houses. Spades Russia: Alexander 11 and Maria Alexandrovna. Diamonds Austria: Franz Josef 1 and Elizabeth. Hearts Great Britain: Victoria and Albert. Clubs France: Napoleon 111 and Eugenie. The jacks represent servants at the respective courts. 52 cards have been used and have some stains, but they are pretty sound, the worst of the damage being to the top corner of the king of Diamonds. The box is original, which is fairly unusual, although it too has some problems. But, had they been in better condition they would not be this price. Tracked and signed for postage is inclusive.
Swedish Pattern: 1985
These are as Fournier Sweden N0 51. Virtually mint, original hard plastic box 52 + 2.
East Germany: Double Patience set.
The red crown symbol with the word "Couer" tell us these are East German and were made somewhere between 1966 and 1991, probably in Altenburg, my guess being nearer the later date. One pack is still wrapped the other only opened to scan.
Anon French National Pattern. After Gatteaux. 1840
52 cards in excellent condition. Despite the date of 1816 being prominent on the Jack of clubs it is often difficult to date these decks precisely. According to Mann 131, this is Type 11 and was not issued until 1833. Unlike her deck, however, which has "Administ Des Droits Reunis" on the Jack of clubs, this deck has "Adminst Des Contrib Indir". The cards also have a distinctive turquoise colouring rather than the more usual navy.
Anon: Belgium. circa 1935.
There is no name or indication of where these were made, on the cards or the box. The style and colour of the courts and the design of the ace of spades makes it almost certain they were made in Belgium for the British market. Green colouring to the courts is not often seen on British made cards. 52 + 1 linen grained and original box, all in nice condition.
Euro round playing cards. Carta Mundi 1999
Deck of round cards made to coincide with the introduction of the Euro in 1999. 52 + 2 Never been used original box.