I've always loved playing card decks, and the need for a number of them for my To the Strongest and For King and Parliament games has served to fuel the fire in recent years. \
Back design, and back of the tuck box. The front of the box has a clever sword like flap!
This interesting set from Jackson Robinson (Kings Wild Project) became available recently, and I had to have it to go with my Medieval armies!
Oakeshott is a classification system of sword types, swords are certainly the theme of this deck!
Some armor types are seen, too!
A couiple of years before the Pandemic, we bred my daughter's dog, Annie; she had six puppies; we kept the two girls, Brooke and Maddie, and sold the 4 boys. One of them, Lenny (right of picture), went to Mark and his wife. That's the back side of Mark here.
Mark is a Pediatric intensivist at Yale New Haven Hospital, and very close to my own age, so we had a lot in common. We had them (and Lenny) over to our house the summer before the pandemic, and they had invited us to visit them in return.
The pandemic made that impossible for a few years, and last year we were3 supposed to visit them in September, but my daughter got COVID (amazingly, neither the Empress nor myself did), so that was the end of that. A few weeks ago we finally made the return visit.
"Look what I found!"
A second pair of decks, these themed on The Three Musketeers, by Aleandree Dumas.
Card backs and back of the tuck box.
The entire deck.
The court cards feature the dranatis personae of the novel. A bit pre 1666, but not much!
Mark and his wife have a home in Brandford, CT, less than 50 yards from a rocky beach on Long Island Sound. Annie (purple collar) and her son and 2 daughters.
Lenny plays tug of war on the pebble beach.
Brooke brings back TWO balls!
Brooke isn't afraid to swim pretty far out into the Sound to get her ball. For those not "from around here, the Sound is a considerable body of water, 21 miles wide at its widest.
I needed one more deck for Free shipping, so I picked up the Robin Hood themed one.
the Jokers form the famous quarterstaff duel between Robin and Little John.
Charters from the Tales of Robin Hood.
Motif on the deck back.
The water was quite warm that day, about 75 degrees F, so some of the humans went for a swim as well. I grew up on the Sound, and hardly ever recall the water temperature exceeding 70 degrees. All ion all a delightful visit, with gracious hosts who plied us with outstanding food and drink. Also a bucket list item for us; the dogs have swum in lakes and rivers, but never salt water.