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Published April 29, 2011 Updated July 12, 2022

Anti-Napoleon

Deck from the liberation war against Napoleon, unknown maker, c.1815.

Germany Napoleon Political 1815
Detail from deck from the liberation war against Napoleon, unknown maker, c.1815.

Deck from the liberation War against Napoleon, c.1815.

Deck from the liberation war against Napoleon, c.1815. Lithography, stencil coloured, there are no manufacturer's details or initials on any card. Probably made in Germany.

Clubs are for Austria;   Spades for Russia;   Hearts for Great Britain;   Diamonds for Prussia.   Kings are Emperors;   Jacks are military commanders,   Clubs: Schwarzenberg;   Spades: Barclay de Tolly;   Hearts: Wellington;   Diamonds: Bluecher.

Deck from the liberation war against Napoleon, unknown maker, c.1815

Above: cards from an anonymous deck from the liberation War against Napoleon, c.1815.   From the collection of Klaus-Jürgen Schultz (https://spielkarten-sammlung.de).

See also:   Victory Deck

Nine of Hearts: Called “Nap” after the game of that name. Coincidentally there was in a Dresden Museum a Nine of Hearts on which some English words had been written by the Emperor Napoleon.

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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