Skip to main content

Fragment of the Ten of Clubs

Image attached to P.14643-R

An image of Fragment of the Ten of Clubs. The upper half of the card, with the upper edge also missing. Five out of the ten pips are present. The position of the central pip in the upper portion of the card indicates that there would have been a second pip below and confirms the card as the Ten of Clubs rather than the Nine of Clubs. There is a crease across the card where it has been folded. There are two holes at the centre, which are most likely stitching holes relating to the secondary use of the card as a stiffening material in bookbinding. See W.M. Fletcher, who describes other playing cards and MSS found near staircase A at Trinity College in 1902 which are ‘pierced with stitching holes containing fragments of thread’ and states that, ‘These no doubt represent some rubbish from destroyed book bindings, for it should be remembered that this staircase provided a back way to the College Library when it was housed in this block’. Hand-coloured woodcut on pasteboard. French, 17th century.

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

About this image

Fragment of the Ten of Clubs. The upper half of the card, with the upper edge also missing. Five out of the ten pips are present. The position of the central pip in the upper portion of the card indicates that there would have been a second pip below and confirms the card as the Ten of Clubs rather than the Nine of Clubs. There is a crease across the card where it has been folded. There are two holes at the centre, which are most likely stitching holes relating to the secondary use of the card as a stiffening material in bookbinding. See W.M. Fletcher, who describes other playing cards and MSS found near staircase A at Trinity College in 1902 which are ‘pierced with stitching holes containing fragments of thread’ and states that, ‘These no doubt represent some rubbish from destroyed book bindings, for it should be remembered that this staircase provided a back way to the College Library when it was housed in this block’. Hand-coloured woodcut on pasteboard. French, 17th century.

Image data

  • Accession Number: P.14643-R
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/16.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Amy Jugg
  • Image height: 1025 pixels
  • Image width: 793 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 674.90kB
  • Exposure time: 1/60
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 16/1

Key words

17th Century cards clubs deck of cards Fitz_PDP French house of cards pack of cards playing cards print woodcut

Colours in this image

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...