Cartes Imperiales et Royales were first published by B. P. Grimaud & Cie with full-length court figures representing imperial rulers and consorts from Austria, England, France & Russia an the mid-19th century. The four kings are the Prince Consort of England, the Emperor Napoleon III, the Emperor of Austria and the Tsar of Russia. The queens are Queen Victoria, the Empress Eugenie, the Empress of Austria and the Tsarina. The knaves are a jockey, a royal huntsman, an imperial groom and a royal serf. The four aces carry the arms of England, the imperial arms of France and the arms of Austria and Russia. A shield of pretence at the centre of each armorial bearing carries the suit symbol (click to zoom).
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Rod Starling is one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He has written many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection still encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod has also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.
Also by Rod Starling
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704.
Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912.
“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s.
“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.
Crown the Queen card game invented by Elaine Burton, c.1953.
“Kaiserkarte” first published by Schneider & Co in 1895-1897 for the Imperial Court.
The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.
Kings & Queens of England Misfitz, c.1918.
“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.
British Empire published by Norvic Mill, c.1920.
The Royal Historical Game of Cards invented by Jane Roberts and published by Robert Hardwicke, c.1840.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.
Queen’s Silver Jubilee playing cards designed by Susan Rae for John Wadddington Ltd, 1977
Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Cartes des Rois de France (1644) facsimile edition by Edizioni del Solleone, 1986.
‘August der Starke und seine Zeit’ designed by Günter Schmitz, 1985.
Reprint of Lapin’s Historical Belarusian playing cards.
“Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of French Revolution deck originally published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793.
“Naked Truth” Playing Politics with caricatures by Jason Pratt, 1997
“Jungle Parties” or “Playing Politics '87” designed & drawn by Patrick Cuenot.
The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an Asian-style palace built for King George IV when he was Prince of Wales.
Sovereigns of England published by Jaques & Son, c.1875. .
Churchill ‘Walking with Destiny’ playing cards published by the Imperial War Museum.
A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.
Willie Rushton’s “Pack of Royals” featuring caricatures of the Royal Family, 1995.
In 1943 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.
Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698
“Playing Politics” or “Cabinet Shuffle” specially commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983
Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888.
“Peterhof” deck manufactured at the Leningrad Colour Printing Plant in 1999.
Back to the USSR deck featuring communist party leaders and politicians, c.1995
‘Glorious Russia’ playing cards made in France by Grimaud, c.1995
“XVI Century European Naval Powers” deck illustrated by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano and produced by Heraclio Fournier in 1981.
Kaiser Jubiläum Imperial playing cards made in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna
Political “Skat Politisch” published by ASS, 1976
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.