The Swiss national suit system of shields, acorns, hawkbells and flowers originated sometime during the fifteenth century.
Publicity pack for Brunner Möbel with graphic design by André Stehle, 1966
French Suited Piquet by David Vachet, Switzerland, c.1812.
Playing cards inspired by stained glass, designed by Gertrude Kümpel, 1989.
A masterpiece in the genre of tourist souvenir decks, “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920
Each court figure is richly decorated and holding something different: a letter, a wreath, a quill pen, a mace, a bird, a flower, a cushion, a goblet, a flute, etc.
Modern Swiss-German Pattern by AGMüller, c.2000
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Richard Wagner playing cards designed by Melchior Annen.
The lower and upper knaves are depicted in a vibrant and lively manner, while the enthroned kings are more ponderous. The traditional Swiss Shield court cards also have beer tankards with a barrel on the Deuce.
Swiss Album patience cards manufactured by C. L. Wüst (Frankfurt), c.1900, with a different landscape on the reverse of each card. The court cards depict costumed figures along with shields from the cantons.
The Swiss national suit system of shields, acorns, hawk bells and flowers emerged sometime during the XV century