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F. X. Schmid

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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”

Märchen-Quartett

Fairy Tales quartet game by F.X. Schmid, Munich, 1960.

Märchen-Quartett

Die 4 Jahreszeiten

Die 4 Jahreszeiten Quartett-Spiel illustrated by Anneliese Tesdorpf, published by F X Schmid, 1950.

Die 4 Jahreszeiten

Schwarzer Peter

Schwarzer Peter No.831 by F.X. Schmid, c.1960s.

Schwarzer Peter

Micky Mau~Mau

Micky Mau~Mau by F. X. Schmid, 1978.

Micky Mau~Mau

F. X. Schmid Mini-Patience

Miniature Patience playing cards in Rococo style published by F. X. Schmid, c.1960

F. X. Schmid Mini-Patience

Filmstar-Parade

Filmstar-Parade Quartet card game published by F X Schmid, Munich, c.1958.

Filmstar-Parade

Warburg’s Skandinaviske Bridge Kort

“Warburg’s Skandinaviske Bridge Kort” published by Aktieselskabet Emil Jensen, København, c.1935.

Warburg’s Skandinaviske Bridge Kort

Olsen Smygvänliga

Olsen Spelkort Smygvänliga - Swedish pattern made by F.X. Schmid for Olsen

Olsen Smygvänliga

Rhineland Pattern by KZWP

Rhineland pattern by KZWP.

Rhineland Pattern by KZWP

Bavarian Pattern

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

Bavarian Pattern

Luxus Skatkarten

The cards are from a facsimile edition published by F. X. Schmid, Munich, in 1981. The artist is unknown, but the artwork follows the tradition of German playing card design and conveys a vivid sense of emotion, sensuality and vitality.

Luxus Skatkarten

Rhineland Pattern

This pack was probably the culmination of a mixture of designs from 19th century Germany which emerged as one of Dondorf's more popular house patterns by around 1900.

Rhineland Pattern

No.407 Naipe Español by F. X. Schmid

Naipe Español No.407 by F. X. Schmid, c.1980.

No.407 Naipe Español by F. X. Schmid

VICTORIA 4500 by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Naipe Español VICTORIA 4500 by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

VICTORIA 4500 by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Spanish-suited playing cards by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Naipe PAYADOR by F.X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Naipe Español "PAYADOR ®"

Naipe PAYADOR by F.X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Naipe Español "VICTORIA ® by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Naipe Español "VICTORIA ® by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Naipe Español