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Vintage French Suze Playing Card Set

Vintage French Suze Playing Card Set

$72.00

"Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Found at market on our most recent trip to Paris, this handsome Vintage Suze Playing Card Set is as special as the liqueur it is named after and a souvenir of French café culture from a bygone era. Provided to cafés and bistros to promote their brand, Suze items became an essential part of the brand's mystique. Sitting on the bar or table in a café, this deck of cards beckons patrons to relax in the convivial pleasures of a card game and to, hopefully, enjoy a glass or two of Suze while doing it!

Invented in Paris by distillery owner Fernand Moureaux in 1885, Suze Gentiane Liqueur has been a well-known aperitif in France for over a century. Harvested from the mountains of the Jura and Auvergne regions of France, this highly aromatic liqueur with bittersweet herbs, spices, vanilla and candied oranges is sought-after the world over to this day.

Stored in the original wood box decorated with the Suze name, the deck of cards is a classic 32 card French-suited deck in the Paris pattern. The Paris pattern came to dominate in France around 1780 and became known as the portrait officiel with face cards based on historic or mythical figures. The most common deck sold in France was the 32-card deck with the 2 to 6 removed and the number 1 for aces.

Carrying the magic of the French café, this storied deck of cards is sure to inspire. Whether a seasoned card player or novice, now is the perfect time to begin a new pastime! 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good vintage condition. Box measures 2.5" x 1.5" x 1.25".

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