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Unknown 'Hessian' Cards

This is half of a printing sheet as shown in the first row. It was probably made in Germany around 1880. There is a second identical set on the sheet below this one.

In the other rows the cards have been separated, but I think they do not have a similar suit-sign in each row. The rows are most probably in the order Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds, but the Queens have been interchanged: Clubs vs. Diamonds, Spades vs. Hearts. I have guessed that arrangement from another anonymous pack.

I have called them 'Hessian' as I think I have seen similar Jacks in another pack made in some Hessian state but I cannot remember where I have seen it.


© Peter Endebrock, 01 Apr. 2021