Neue Deutsche Spielkarte Nr.1 with full-length figurative designs and non-standard German suit symbols, conceived by Dr. Timon Schroeter, illustrated by Jacob Hirsch & Martin Lämmel, and printed lithographically by J. G. Fritzsche, Leipzig, 1883. The four suits represent the four most important human characteristics: Acorns = force; Ivy = loyalty; Turnips = diligence and Sunflowers = wisdom. The king of acorns depicts Charlemagne or Charles the Great with his coat of arms on the deuce. The king of ivy leaves depicts Frederick Barbarossa who was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1155 until his death in 1190. The king of sunflowers depicts Rudolf of Habsburg (1218–1291) and the king of turnips is Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor from 1493-1519. The obers and unters depict attendant heralds or footmen. The numeral cards feature attractive vignettes at the bottom showing allegories of industry, craft, wealth, etc.
The drawings were also published in book form, including four queens and all the number cards 2-10, as 56 colour lithographs accompanied by verses, printed by W. Drugulin, Leipzig, 1883 more →