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New German Playing-cards (Neue Deutsche Spielkarte)

These cards were designed in 1883 by J. Hirsch and M. Lämmel after ideas of Dr. Timon Schroeter, Jena, and printed by J. G. Fritzsche in Leipzig. Schroeter modified the German suit signs: acorns, ivy leaves, radish, and sunflowers.

Schroeter's name is on the Deuce of Sunflowers, and the printer's name on the Deuce of Ivy Leaves. On the Nine of Sunflowers you can see the initials T. S., and on the Eight of Sunflowers J. H. 83.

There are several variants of this pack: with Obers instead of the Queens (see last row with cards below), without index signs, and without the ornamental frame.

Update: The original design was published in a book, 'Spielkarte und Kartenspiel in Wort und Bild', and all cards were shown there, accompanied by explantions in verses: Deuces/Aces, Kings, Obers, Queens, Unters/Jacks, and all the pip cards from Ten to Two. The intention was to have a single design for several card games, independent of the number of cards needed (52, 40, 36, 32 or some other number). The cover of the book is shown quite at the end.

© Peter Endebrock, 01 April 2020