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Published February 21, 2022 Updated October 23, 2023

Müller: Richelieu

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.

1935 Switzerland Müller & Cie Art & Design Fashion & Costume Richelieu Add to Collection

RICHELIEU playing cards by A.G. Müller, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 1935

The double-ended fantasy courts cards depict characters from the French court in 17th century period costume. The special Müller Ace of Spades and Joker complete the set.

‘RICHELIEU’ playing cards by A.G. Müller, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 1935 ‘RICHELIEU’ playing cards by A.G. Müller, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 1935

Above: ‘RICHELIEU’ playing cards by A.G. Müller, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, first published in 1935. Double set: 2 x [52 cards + 2 jokers + Bridge score card] in plastic box purchased in 1959. Gold tipped corners. The 4 corner indices are somewhat overbearing. Also found in single boxes as: ''Whist Nº 451'. The Jack of Spades has the maker's name. Images courtesy Rod Starling.

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By Rod Starling

Member since January 09, 2013

Rod Starling was one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He authored many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.


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