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Published March 24, 2013 Updated May 29, 2023

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.

1880 Germany Jegel Army Bavaria Military Patriotic Political Add to Collection

Bayerische Militärkarte / Bavarian Military Cards

manufactured by successors of Johann Conrad Jegel, Nürnberg

The bright images on these finely engraved patriotic playing cards with a military theme are coloured with stencils. The uniforms are coloured in mainly green and blue, and the Kings are not actually wearing their crowns. The King of Acorns is supposed to represent Crown Prince Otto I; 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 as well as military objects. This appears to be a later edition produced after 1879 by Johann Wilhelm Sass, who succeeded J C Jegel in 1857.

Bavarian Military Cards published by successors of Johann Conrad Jegel, c.1880 Bavarian Military Cards published by successors of Johann Conrad Jegel, c.1880 Bavarian Military Cards published by successors of Johann Conrad Jegel, c.1880 Bavarian Military Cards published by successors of Johann Conrad Jegel, c.1880

Above: German-suited "Bayerische Militärkarte" (Bavarian Military Cards) manufactured by successors of Johann Conrad Jegel, 36 cards, single-ended, stencil coloured, 10.4 x 5.8 cm. The Two of Hearts has a tax stamp with a double-headed eagle and the inscription "Deutsches Reich - Dreissig Pf. No.52". The back is a cross-grid pattern. Images courtesy Rod Starling.


REFERENCES

"Geschichte Auf Spielkarten 1789-1871", Deutsches Spielkartenmuseum, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, 1987

All images on this page are from the collection of Rod Starling, author of "The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards".

See also: Historical Deck published by Johann Conrad Jegel.

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By Rod Starling

Member since January 09, 2013

Rod Starling was one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He authored many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.


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