Frommann & Bünte -- "Alte Deutsch Lenormand" c.1860


*Attention* Lenormand cards will now be poker size 2 ½ inches by 3 ½ inches. My printer discontinued bridge size cards. There will be a slightly wider white border on the sides.

This deck is also available as a mini. Looks under "Minis are Here."

According to this deck was published c. 1860. These cards are nicely uncluttered and if you like to read a GT at a glance, here is a very rare antique deck to satisfy your taste.

They have been minimally restored with the worst blemishes healed. The cleanup has not been perfect so as to preserve some of the antique feel. The back was had a rather ordinary design so I added an attractive a period-appropriate back.

According to Peter Endebrock's "Playing-card Pages" another version was published by Frommann & Bünte in Darmstadt, Germany c.1875.

In my mini version of the cards that are otherwise identical to the full size ones (available in "Minis are Here"), they were made with jokers in place of the aces in 1875 in order to circumvent the taxes levied on playing cards at the time. Since they had no aces, they presumably couldn't be used for regular card games and thus not taxable! The Gentleman's card has a "signet" of the satirical magazine of the time, "Kladderadatsch."

The original deck was very small, approximately 1-1/2" x 2-7/8", about the size of the Carreras Fortune Cards.

This deck is printed on premium card stock that feels wonderful in hand.

Be sure to check out the original Philippe Le Normand instruction sheet in the 'Info' column on the right side of the screen. Right click on the image and select "view image" so you can print it.


Delivery can take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks. Please be patient.

I use a different printer for ex-USA buyers because the international postage from the US-based printer is extremely high. For international buyers the tarot size cards come in a plain tuck box and Lenormand cards come in a clear plastic box because that printer doesn't offer reasonably priced custom printed boxes. The decks come with a title card you can affix to the boxes, if desired.


To keep down the shipping costs, I send the cards via regular mail. If you want upgraded service, contact me I can let you know what the additional charge will be. If the postal system in your country is questionable, you may want to invest in registered mail which is signed for each time it passes through someone's hands and almost guaranteed that your package will arrive safely.

I have had only 2 packages go missing, and I refunded the purchase price including shipping. Since it's not my fault when a package goes missing I WILL NOT take responsibility anymore, but I also don't want to raise shipping for everyone. The 2 places where the packages went missing were India and Brazil. UPDATE: I just had one go missing in Ukraine.

I only ship Registered Mail to Russia.