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.
Swiss Album patience cards manufactured by C. L. Wüst (Frankfurt), c.1890, with a different landscape on the reverse of each card. The court cards depict costumed figures along with shields from the cantons.
Richard Wagner playing cards, 1919, reprinted by AGMuller in 1968.
Playing cards inspired by stained glass, designed by Gertrude Kümpel, 1989.
The Swiss national suit system of shields, acorns, hawkbells and flowers originated sometime during the fifteenth century.
The Swiss national suit system of shields, acorns, hawk bells and flowers emerged sometime during the fifteenth century from a multiplicity of suits which had evolved in the Upper Rhine region.