Each court figure is richly decorated and holding something different: a letter, a wreath, a quill pen, a mace, a bird, a flower, a cushion, a goblet, a flute, etc.
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
“Casino” pack made by J. Müller & Cie & Cie, Schaffhouse. The pack was probably designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
The pack was designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
Zodiac Bridge was designed by René Marcel Rivière and printed by AGM Müller in c.1975. A different sign of the zodiac appears on the clothing of each court card figure.
Richard Wagner playing cards, 1919, reprinted by AGMuller in 1968.
Playing cards inspired by stained glass, designed by Gertrude Kümpel, 1989.
This Swiss Regional Costume pack can be seen as an early form of tourist souvenir which subsequently developed into the photographic souvenir pack.
French-suited playing-cards in the Paris pattern appeared in Switzerland around the end of the sixteenth century, when many Lyonnais cardmakers were driven away by heavy taxes.
Madame Lenormand Fortune Telling Cards made by J. Müller.
'Humanist' pack made by J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), originally named 'Troubador'. The pack was designed by Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
Traditional Spanish Cádiz-style pack, manufactured by Müller & Cie, Schaffhausen, c.1950 for export to North Africa.
Playing Cards made by J. Müller, Diessenhofen, c.1840-50. The court cards have been coloured differently at each end.
The Swiss national suit system of shields, acorns, hawkbells and flowers originated sometime during the fifteenth century.
Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by J. Müller for export to Latin American countries, c.1875.
Souvenir pack with Scenic Aces made by J. Müller (Diessenhofen), c.1860. The courts are conventional figures based on French designs.