Acorns (card suit)

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Example of Acorn cards
Symbol: Eichel

Acorns (German: Eichel, or more unusually Hackl or Ecker) is a suit in a deck of German playing cards, corresponding to clubs in a French deck.

In English, cards are referred to as in a French deck (e.g. the "10 of Acorns"), but in German as Eichel-Zehn.

The acorn symbol was derived from the symbol of the baton in Latin suited cards.[1]

Acorns are the highest suit in the games of Skat, Schafkopf and Doppelkopf, but the lowest in Préférence. In Watten, the 7 of Acorns (the Spitz or Soach) is the third highest trump card.

The gallery below shows a suit of Acorns from a German-suited deck of 32 cards. The pack is of the Saxonian pattern:


  1. ^ "An Introduction to Playing Cards". Playing Cards.