1740-1760 French Counter boxes at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "Card playing was a necessary accomplishment for those hoping to take their place in polite society and all manner of people played at many levels of society. Such counter boxes would have been a luxurious and fashionable accessory for a card player of either sex. The boxes and counters were colour coded to relate to the suits of a pack of cards."
Remembering he gambles, I tell him I have no interest in immoral games. He laughs and sits up. “You don’t bluff well enough for poker. Faro it is,” he says, unfolding a felt cloth, spades lacquered smooth from Ace to King. Diamond rings flash on his fingers as he shuffles and I can barely follow the cards lift and cross. Do this eight times, Fitzgerald winks, and the pack returns to its original order. (Whorticulture)