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French Playing Cards

Some of the oldest cards still in existence come from France. During the 16th and 17th centuries France was the major supplier of playing cards in Europe.

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Atouts de la Vie 1940

Atouts de la Vie

“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.

Auvergne Pattern 1690

Auvergne Pattern

The Auvergne pattern is one of the oldest in France.

B.P. Grimaud pack for Bolivia 1880

B.P. Grimaud pack for Bolivia

Spanish-suited pack made in France for sale in Bolivia, c.1880.

Back to the USSR 1995

Back to the USSR

Back to the USSR deck featuring communist party leaders and politicians, c.1995

Banco for Air France, c.1952 1952

Banco for Air France, c.1952

Banco playing cards for Air France manufactured by Draeger Frères, c.1952.

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962 1962

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962

Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962.

Baron Louis Atthalin’s Transformation Playing Cards, 1817 1817

Baron Louis Atthalin’s Transformation Playing Cards, 1817

Baron Louis Atthalin (1784-1856) designed these cards whilst on a sea crossing from Palermo to Marseilles in 1814.

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.

Beaujolais je t’aime …

Beaujolais je t’aime …

Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.

Benedicte Morand-Bail

Benedicte Morand-Bail

Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts

Benoist Laius 1710

Benoist Laius

Spanish playing cards such as these were used in those parts of France where certain games were enjoyed, such as Aluette.

Besançon Tarot by Jacob Jerger

Besançon Tarot by Jacob Jerger

Besançon tarot published by Jacob Jerger, 18th century.

Bicentenario della Rivoluzione Francese 1989

Bicentenario della Rivoluzione Francese

Bicentenary of the French Revolution pack produced by Vannini, Florence, Italy, 1989.

Boisse English pattern

Boisse English pattern

Boisse English pattern, c.1870 based on designs by De La Rue.

Bone Playing Cards

Bone Playing Cards

My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.

Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce 1974

Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce

Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce & Industry playing cards illustrated by James Hodges, c.1974.

Bretagne 1970

Bretagne

Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970.

Bretagne 1960

Bretagne

Jeu de Cartes “Bretagne” conveying their cultural identity.

British Monarchs 1981

British Monarchs

Commemorating the royal wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer on the 29th July 1981.

British Museum Playing Cards

British Museum Playing Cards

Unique pack of playing cards created for the British Museum with illustrations by Frances Button.