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400-year-old playing cards discovered

Posted on Monday, 3 December, 2012 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A rare and valuable complete set of 52 silver playing cards gilded in gold has been uncovered.

The set dates back to 1616 when it was created in Germany by Michael Frömmer. It is said that the set once belonged to a Portuguese princess who escaped the country in 1807 during an invasion by Napoleon's forces. The cards come from a time when no standard set of playing cards existed and are based on suits used in Italy - swords, coins, batons and cups.

The materials and craftsmanship that went in to the construction of the deck coupled with how old it is and the fact that it's complete make the cards a particularly rare discovery.

"On the cards, two of the kings are depicted wearing ancient Roman clothing while one is depicted as a Holy Roman Emperor and another is dressed up as a Sultan, with clothing seen in the Middle East."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by CuriousGreek on 1 December, 2012, 21:45
Wow...were they playing poker too???
Comment icon #2 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 2 December, 2012, 5:27
Ooowww....lovely
Comment icon #3 Posted by Wearer of Hats on 2 December, 2012, 21:24
that's cool,
Comment icon #4 Posted by tipotep on 3 December, 2012, 0:38
All-in - Full house , King of swords high ! TiP.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ryn on 3 December, 2012, 16:26
The magicians of that time would not share how they had the ability to know which card you chose, and for that... "Burn the witch at the stake!" lol jkjk.
Comment icon #6 Posted by King Fluffs on 3 December, 2012, 20:25
Those will sell for a pretty penny.
Comment icon #7 Posted by MrSerendipity on 3 December, 2012, 21:21
Did you know that each of the four Kings in a deck of playing cards represents a real King in history? True! They are as follows: Spades: King David. Clubs: Alexander The Great. Hearts: King Charlemagne. Diamonds: Julius Cesar.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lava_Lady on 4 December, 2012, 0:43
They are really beautiful but they must have been hard to shuffle.
Comment icon #9 Posted by little_dreamer on 4 December, 2012, 1:01
Very beautiful and interesting cards.
Comment icon #10 Posted by OldN8Dogg on 4 December, 2012, 19:44
Meh... my pair of Aces would still get busted... hehe


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