Woodblock and stencil Animal Tarot cards, probably of Swiss origin, 2nd half 18th century.
The Swiss national suit system of shields, acorns, hawkbells and flowers originated sometime during the fifteenth century.
The Basler Fasnachts deck is designed each year by a different local artist.
“Casino” pack made by J. Müller & Cie & Cie, Schaffhouse. The pack was probably designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
David Hurter built up a playing card business in Schaffhausen during the 18th century.
The suit signs and indices are clear and easily recognisable, and each suit has a different predominant colour. The juxtaposition of traditional craft techniques with abstract modern design could be seen as postmodern.
Unusual example of a double-ended Genevan Dauphiné pattern pack from c1910.
'Humanist' pack made by J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), originally named 'Troubador'. The pack was designed by Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
Colourful advertising pack for Ilford designed by Mario Grasso, based on standard English courts.
Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.
Egbert Moehsnang produced this contemporary Swiss-suited, double-ended pack, based on original XV century sources, but they were shunned by card players.
Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840.
Comic celebration of 700 years of the Swiss Confederation, 1291-1991, with designs by Roland Gazzotti.