Liechtenstein'sches Spiel

Informations collected by Huck Meyer:

dated 1440 - 1450, possibly much later from 16th century: "Liechtensteinsches Spiel", produced at the Oberrhein (eventually Seeschwaben), woodcut-technic. 2 sheets of paper with 16 cards have been found in a book cover (according to Hoffmann). It seems, that this deck had a 5x13-structure (5x14 or even 5 x 15 is not impossible, as the 4th court card might be missing).
Hoffmann(1972) relates to Schreiber, who dated this deck cause of arguments of the clothing to the time of 1465. Hoffmann accepts this, but states, that the motifs might be from this time, but that the printing is of younger date.
According a younger research it has been argumented, that this deck might be much younger (Vera Sack). The discussion is - according Detlef Hoffmann - still in a contoversial state ("Altdeutsche Spielkarten", 1994, p. 13 + 19).

5 suits: the common 4 Italian suits (in a varified form, polo sticks instead of batons - similar to the Mamelucks cards -, the swords are different from the bowed Italian swords) and the 5th shows shields with  heraldic signs. The use of polosticks in Europe is also documented by another sheet of low quality in 15th century.

3 court cards (a 4th or 5th court card is eventually missing), King, Ober and Unter, however, 2 of the Unter are females, one of them is a nude. Another Unter is an urinating Fool in contrast to a drinking Ober (perhaps it is the first nude and the first known Fool on a card deck). Mixings of two female and two male pages are also known from the Minchiate. 

10,5 x 7,7 mm - The both papers were bought in 1871 by the collection Rothschild from a Dr. Roth. They are located at Paris, Musee de Louvre, Coll. Rothschild, Inv.-Nr. 3806 LR.

Swords
Ober
Polosticks
Ober
Cups
Ober
Coins
Ober
Swords
Unter
Polosticks
Unter
Cups
Unter
Coins
Unter
Coins
King
Cups
King
Polosticks
King
Swords
King
Shields
Ace
Shields
Unter
Shields
Ober
Shields
King