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“Deck with French suits”

A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.

“Deck with French suits”

10: Playing Cards in Germany

The playing card manufacturers of Germany from 1900 until 1939 provide a complicated set of relationships that deserve closer investigation. Here are some of the standard English designs to be found.

10: Playing Cards in Germany

A miniature theatrical pack of playing cards, Germany? c.1900

This miniature pack is very similar to one made by C.L.Wúst in c.1890.

A miniature theatrical pack of playing cards, Germany? c.1900 1900

Alice in Wonderland Snap

Alice in Wonderland “Snap” 1 penny game from 1920s or 30s, made in Germany, anonymous manufacturer.

Alice in Wonderland Snap 1925

Altenburger Bauerntrachten

“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982.

Altenburger Bauerntrachten 1982

American Skat

These decks were produced in various grades for the German immigrant population and feature the German eagle and the German and American flags intertwined. There were two versions: one with German faces and one with American faces.

American Skat 1889

Andere Zeiten - Andere Kleider

‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.

Andere Zeiten - Andere Kleider 1954

Angler Skat

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981

Angler Skat

Animal Tarot

Woodblock and stencil Animal Tarot cards, probably of German origin, 2nd half 18th century.

Animal Tarot

Anonymous possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut.

The maker is possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut (1799-1881).

Anonymous possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut.

Anti-Napoleon

Deck from the liberation war against Napoleon, unknown maker, c.1815.

Anti-Napoleon

Antike Götter

“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830.

Antike Götter

Art Nouveau

Elegant gold-printed playing cards in Jugendstil style designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987

Art Nouveau

Asterix Abenteuer

Asterix Adventure quartet game by ASS, 1989.

Asterix Abenteuer 1989

August der Starke

‘August der Starke und seine Zeit’ designed by Günter Schmitz, 1985.

August der Starke 1985

Austrian Cartomancy Cards

During the 19th century a system of fortune telling arose in Europe using unnumbered, pictorial cards depicting popular imagery with subtitles in several languages.

Austrian Cartomancy Cards

B. Dondorf GmbH: Neue Klubkarte No.422

The designs are a meld between the standard international pattern and German-style French-suited cards. Elements from various other standard patterns can be detected.

B. Dondorf GmbH: Neue Klubkarte No.422

Backofen

Deck manufactured by Johann Matheus Backofen, Nürnberg c.1800.

Backofen

Badische Spielkartenfabrik

Sports-themed playing cards published by Badische Spielkartenfabrik, Baden, c.1930

Badische Spielkartenfabrik

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Bavarian Military Cards

The King of Acorns is supposed to represent Prince Otto; the King of Leaves is Maximilian II; the King of Bells is Ludwig II; the King of Hearts is Ludwig I wearing a general's uniform. The court cards are all male, but some of the numeral cards depict women.

Bavarian Military Cards 1880

Bavarian Pattern

Bavarian single-ended pattern by Vereinigte Altenburg-Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A-G., c.1937

Bavarian Pattern

Bedeutende Erfindungen im Alltag

‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979.

Bedeutende Erfindungen im Alltag 1979

Bergmannskarte

Bergmannskarte, manufactured by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig, c.1816.

Bergmannskarte 1816

Berliner Originale

“Berliner Originale” designed by Manfred Bofinger, 1986.

Berliner Originale 1986

Birkel Schwarzer Peter

The Birkel company has produced several promotional “Schwarzer Peter” packs over the years and this one is themed on the circus.

Birkel Schwarzer Peter

Bosco by A.S.S. for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru

‘Bosco’ Playing Cards manufactured by A.S.S. for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1930s.

Bosco by A.S.S. for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru

Bourgeois Tarot

Bourgeois Tarot by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken.

Bourgeois Tarot

Brazil Scenic Aces

C. L. Wüst Scenic Aces for Brazil.

Brazil Scenic Aces

C.L. Wüst, 1811 - 1927

SPIELKARTENFABRIEK VON C.L. WÜST, 1811 - 1927. A short history of the Wüst factory by Martin Shaw & Paul Symons.

C.L. Wüst, 1811 - 1927

C.L.Wüst Poster Stamps

A set of advertising poster stamps for C.L.Wüst playing cards.

C.L.Wüst Poster Stamps 1910

Capilettor

Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978.

Capilettor 1978

Carl Arnold Transformation

Transformation playing cards designed by Carl Johann Arnold (1829-1916), the court artist for King Friedrich Wilhem IV of Prussia

Carl Arnold Transformation

Carreras Fortune Telling Cards

Carreras Fortune Telling Cards, 1926

Carreras Fortune Telling Cards

Cartes Comiques, 1870-1888

“Cartes Comiques”, published by B. Dondorf, printed by chromolithography, c.1870-1888.

Cartes Comiques, 1870-1888

Cartes Lenormand

“Cartes Lenormand” published by H. P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, London, printed in Germany by B. Dondorf, 1920s.

Cartes Lenormand

Club Karte

There have been many variations in the design of “Club Karte” including the introduction of borders, corner indices and rounded corners, and variations in the inscriptions on the Aces over the years.

Club Karte

Comical Dominoes

Comical Dominoes game manufactured in Germany by J. W. Spear & Sons, early 1900s

Comical Dominoes

Comtesse

“Comtesse” by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1960s.

Comtesse 1960

Cotta Transformation playing cards

In 1804, J.C. Cotta, a publisher and bookseller in Tübingen, Germany, produced the first set of transformation cards that was published as an actual deck of playing cards.

Cotta Transformation playing cards

Darling

Darling pin-up playing cards designed by Heinz Villiger, c.1950s-60s.

Darling 1960

Das Lustige Familien Quartett

“Das Lustige Familien Quartett” published by Eugen Schmidt K.G., Dresden, c.1930s

Das Lustige Familien Quartett

Der Feinen Welt

Lattmann's 'Die Spielkarte Der Feinen Welt' published in 1923.

Der Feinen Welt 1923

Der Lohn des Fleisses

“Der Lohn des Fleisses”, a children's card game designed by Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908).

Der Lohn des Fleisses

Deutsche Geschichte

German History Quartet published by Otto Maier Verlag Ravensburg, c.1930-35.

Deutsche Geschichte

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Deutsche Reichsbahn

Deutsche Reichsbahn (German Railways) deck designed by Peter Becker, 1989

Deutsche Reichsbahn 1989

Deutsches Luxusbild

The court cards in this well designed double-ended pack are realistically dressed in 16th century costumes with German suit symbols. The Kings and high ranking personnel are strict and austere.

Deutsches Luxusbild