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Published December 22, 2023 Updated December 29, 2023

Bavaria pattern

Classic German-suited Bavarian pattern by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, early 19th century.

1830 Germany Fetscher Bavarian Pattern Add to Collection

The Deuce of hearts features a blindfold cupid within an elaborate frame. The maker’s name appears on the 8 of hearts: “Joseph Fetsche b. Karten-Fabricant in Munchen” and the king of hearts supports a cartouche bearing the maker’s mark and initials. The king of bells supports a cartouche charged with the arms of Bavaria.

The deuce of bells shows a boarhound attacking a boar; the deuce of acorns shows a boy sitting on a barrel holding a tankard. The numeral cards show little vignettes depicting leisure pastimes. The designs are very old and several of the court cards resemble those from the Franconian pattern.

Classic Bavaria pattern by Joseph Fetscher, early 19th century. © The Trustees of the British Museum Classic Bavaria pattern by Joseph Fetscher, early 19th century. © The Trustees of the British Museum Classic Bavaria pattern by Joseph Fetscher, early 19th century. © The Trustees of the British Museum Classic Bavaria pattern by Joseph Fetscher, early 19th century. © The Trustees of the British Museum Classic Bavaria pattern by Joseph Fetscher, early 19th century. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Above: Classic Bavaria pattern by Joseph Fetscher, 36 cards, hand-coloured woodcut, backs printed with a pattern of blue spots, early 19th century. The seven of hearts shows the tax stamp in use in Bayern from 1826 to c. 1837. © The Trustees of the British Museum • Museum number 1896,0501.261

References

Endebrock, Peter: playing-card pages: Tax Stamps from German States

Mann, Sylvia: Collecting Playing Cards, Arco Publications, 1966

Mann, Sylvia: All Cards on the Table, Jonas Verlag/Deutsches Spielkarten-Museum, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, 1990

O’Donoghue, Freeman M: Catalogue of the collection of playing cards bequeathed by Lady Charlotte Schreiber (German 24), Trustees of the British Museum, London, 1901 [digital version here]

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