Double-ended packs with Swiss-German suits were already in use around 1860. This standard Jass pack is a late example of a single-ended version which may have been produced as late as the 1950s or even the 1960s. The full-length courts look much more distinguished than on double-ended packs. On the numeral cards, too, the suit-signs have not been turned. The maker’s name appears on the Daus of Shields. The inscription on the Daus of Bells reads “Schaffhauser Spielkartenfabrik” where other versions of this pattern read “Schaffhausen & Hasle”. Note also that the King of Bells is clean-shaven whereas in other versions he is bearded. (See further below for another version of these designs).
There is a slightly different version of this single-ended pack, also with a clean-shaven King of Bells. This one is anonymous but may very well be by J. Müller & Cie, given the many similarities. One difference is the size: 55 x 85 mm. On closer inspection, the shading is often different, particularly on the numeral cards in the suits of Acorns, Bells, and Flowers. On the canopy above the King of Shields, there are only four tassels instead of four and a half. On the King and Ober of Flowers, there is a pronounced ‘J’ on the yellow part of their tunics, which is missing on the King and partly worn away on the Ober in the first pack. The overall look is cruder. This pack may well predate the one described above.
NOTE: a similar pack (with a bearded King of Bells) is shown in the “Schweizer Spielkarten” catalogue, p. 87-88, no. 55.
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