Monday, 26 December 2011

Boxing Day Give-Away * Mary Queen of Scots Playing Cards * 2 Decks

I just happened to come across a lovely boxed set of 2 decks of cards featuring Mary Queen of Scots and her needlework. Each card carries Mary's stitched device on the reverse.
It is a vintage Viennese Platnik set - I have no idea when it was published - so it is not new, but it is in excellent condition and would certainly cut the mustard at the bridge table.
The Hearts honours are populated with Henry II of France, and James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell first husband and lover respectively of Mary Queen of Scots.
In the Spades camp are the formidable Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.
For Diamonds are Mary's parents: James V, Mary de Guise; and Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley her second husband.
And clubs are Francois I of France; Mary Tudor; and James, Earl of Moray - Mary's half-brother and nemesis.
To enter the draw just click on the flying angel below. The winner of the draw will be notified next Monday, 2 Jan 2012. Good luck!


  1. These cards were published in 1989 by Piatnik in Vienna.

  2. What a wonderful giveaway.

    Please count me in.

    hugs, Kaye xoxox

  3. P.S. These cards are stunning!


  4. They make some beautiful sets. I have one showing folk costumes, but the faces are of forties movie stars.

  5. I don't know if my other post (clicking on the angel above) came through, but my maiden name is Bothwell, and I believe I may be a distant relative of James Hepburn, earl of Bothwell. I would love to be entered in this drawing. If I do not win, I would love to know how to get a set of these wonderful cards.
    Christine Bothwell Bowes, email