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Published March 21, 2023 Updated March 21, 2023

Genevan Dauphiné pattern

Unusual example of a double-ended Genevan Dauphiné pattern pack from c1910.

1910 Switzerland Müller & Cie Dauphiné Add to Collection

Dauphiné pattern cards were adapted for use in the French-speaking part of Switzerland from about 1800 (and possibly even before that). The Gassmann family of cardmakers from Geneva made the pattern popular. It survived into the 20th century. This example, though anonymous, was probably made by J. Müller & Cie of Schaffhausen. It borrows directly from earlier packs by Gassmann. Note the bird in the right hand of the King of Diamonds and the cut-off cartouche on the Jack of Spades where the maker’s name would have been.

Genevan Dauphiné pattern, probably made by J. Müller & Cie, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, c1910 Genevan Dauphiné pattern, probably made by J. Müller & Cie, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, c1910

Above: Genevan Dauphiné pattern, probably made by J. Müller & Cie, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, c1910. 36 cards. Size: 55 x 86 mm.

REFERENCE: “Schweizer Spielkarten” catalogue. Zürich; 1978. p.113, cat. no. 74.

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