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Published August 02, 2014 Updated December 29, 2023

Later Bavarian Pattern

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

1937 Germany A.S.S. KZWP-Trefl Schmid F.X. Bavarian Pattern Bohemian or Prager Pattern Patterns and Suit Types Add to Collection

Bavarian single-ended pattern

This pattern is known with single-ended and double-ended court cards. Although the costumes have been given a florid makeover, several of the court cards brandish military weapons and have poses which can be traced back to cards of the 16th century, and are also related to the Bohemian, Salzburg and Franconian patterns. The coat-of-arms of Bavaria can bee seen on several cards. The Ace of Hearts has a blindfold cupid and also displays the duty tax stamp. Small vignettes appear beneath the pip cards showing a series of country scenes or other local imagery. These old German-suited cards are gradually being taken over by standard English cards and may eventually become obsolete.

Above: Bavarian single-ended pattern manufactured by Vereinigte Altenburg-Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A-G., c.1937. German suit symbols, 36 cards, the coat-of-arms of Bavaria can bee seen on several cards. This is a promotional edition and the reverse has advertising for a men's shoe factory: “Lingel - Die Fabrik fur Herrenschuhe”. It was normally sold as “Bayerisches Einfachbild Nr.15a” with standard tarotée backs. The tax stamp on the Ace of Hearts was used from 1936 to 1939.

The rest of the pack can be seen here: 2, 3, 4

Bavarian double-ended pattern

In the double-ended version, notwithstanding the added convenience, some charming features of the old designs are lost.

Bavarian Schafkopf Tarock No.0671 by F. X. Schmid, c.1970 Bavarian Schafkopf Tarock No.0671 by F. X. Schmid, c.1970

Above: Double-ended Bavarian Schafkopf Tarock No.0671 by F. X. Schmid, c.1970. The vignettes on the numeral cards have been dropped.

Bavarian double-ended pattern manufactured by KZWP-Trefl for InnoCard International GmBH, 2003

Above: detail from uncut sheet of Bavarian double-ended pattern manufactured by KZWP-Trefl for InnoCard International GmBH, 2003.

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Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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