The Frömmer Cards

I thought some of you might find this of interest.

Call it a card player’s dream. A complete set of 52 silver playing cards gilded in gold and dating back 400 years has been discovered.

Created in Germany around 1616, the cards were engraved by a man named Michael Frömmer, who created at least one other set of silver cards.

According to a story, backed up by a 19th-century brass plate, the cards were at one point owned by a Portuguese princess who fled the country, cards in hand, after Napoleon’s armies invaded in 1807.

Read the rest here, and see more pics of the cards here.

What I wouldn’t give to see these live and in-person.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Monica says:

    Wow. Well one of these would be nice, no?! Gosh. I suppose it might be a bit hard to shuffle, eh 😉 Who knows what the earth will bring forth next…

    1. D. D. Syrdal says:

      I was amazed. Now I just wonder how long it will be before US Games Systems comes out with a paper copy of them 😉 Kaplan doesn’t usually miss a beat.

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