It actually belongs to this thread (Switzerland part).
I stumbled about this deck ...
in Donogue 1901
https://archive.org/stream/aen4312.0001 ... r+hoffnung
I looked the deck up ...
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/c ... By=&page=1
The name of the cardmaker is curious. I checked the the name Schnieper and Andoni and found, that they seems mostly used in Switzerland. I checked the name distribution in Switzerland ...
... and found, that the name appears mostly near the region Lucerne/Nidwalden, which I consider as a Catholic region with Tarot production in Switzerland (as earlier in this thread).
Schnieper in the German name distribution doesn't appear. Nothing, no entry.
The monogram FXB can only mean Xaver in the middle, and that's mostly used in Southern parts o German language distribution. So with this I feel rather sure, that this is a deck from Catholic Switzerland near Lucerne/Nidwalden.
From 1754, that's rather early.
Oh, what a nice finding .... isn't that a fantastic Fool?
... and not only that !!!!!
That's the Schober deck from 1750, and, as far I know, the first "Taros" deck in Austria in its time (at least what we know of its begin). Depauls had it reported.
Feine Taros bei Ferdinand Schober in Neuhaus 1750
Aufrichtig gespielt und wohlgemein erhalt das geldt und gutte freunt - 1751
(likely 1751 is the production year and 1750 the begin of the workshop; the words mean, that one should play in a honorable way and one would keep his money and the friendship)
And this inscription on the Chariot I don't understand. "Wadelin" is a name, but not a German name. It seems to be English or from Wales.
I see a Rick Wadelin or better an A.C. Rick Wadelin 1750, but that really sounds English.
Perhaps an owner of the deck, who brought it to England and to the British Museum. We have to thank him for this, otherwise it would be lost.
All of the deck is here:
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/c ... more-views
And that's the catalog text
Also rather early Neumur in Mannheim
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/c ... id=3157438
And an interesting Magician of Hes in Augspurg