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Published March 11, 2023 Updated March 11, 2023

Les Ordres de Chevalerie

Six orders of chivalry represented pictorially by the artist Patrick Dallanégra.

2006 France Dusserre Patrick Dallanégra Historical Add to Collection

The orders of chivalry represented here all began life during the Crusades, 1097-1291. Grand Masters, knights and others are shown on the Kings and Jacks. As all knights were male, banners are displayed in place of the Queens. The orders depicted on the four suits are the Knights Templar (H), the Knights Hospitaller (C), the Order of the Holy Sepulchre (D), and the Teutonic Knights (S). Their respective symbols appear in place of the pips on the numeral cards and in the background of each court card. The two Jokers represent the Order of Saint Lazarus and the Order of Santiago. The artists’s name (Patrick Dallanégra) appears very faintly and discreetly on all the court cards, Aces and Jokers. The four main suit symbols also make up the back design. See the box

Les Ordres de Chevalerie playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, Paris, France, 2006 Les Ordres de Chevalerie playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, Paris, France, 2006 Les Ordres de Chevalerie playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, Paris, France, 2006

Above: Les Ordres de Chevalerie playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, Paris, France, 2006. Cards made in France. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 extra card in tuck box. Size: 63 x 88 mm.

• Patrick Dallanégra website: Illustrations historiques
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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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