c. 1850 “Première Croisade,” 32/32 cards, Piquet Deck
Printed & Published by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, c.1850
Card measurements: 8.8 cm x 5.8 cm
DESCRIPTION: One of Daveluy's earliest packs, the "Première Croisade," is here presented as a piquet deck with 32 cards (of the original 52 cards?), consisting of a King, Queen, and Jack, as well as the Ace, 7, 8, 9 and 10 for each suit. The red border around the cards appears to be painted by the hand of a previous owner.
· Style: First Crusade/Première Croisade Pattern
· Cards: Ace of Spades with "Cartes Déposees"
Kings: Baudoin de Constantinople, François Premier, Philippe le Bon, Godefroid de Bouillon.
Queens: Marguerite d'Autriche, Richilde, Marie de Bourgogne, L'infante Isabelle.
· Borders: thin single line and painted red border around edges
· Verso/backs: pink amoeba pattern
· Corners: rounded
CONDITION: good condition, with some corners clipped, creased, and ripped; some chips, creases, and tears along edges; general wear, staining, and patina; Queen of Diamonds with large tape repair of rip. See photographs for further details