Batons is one of the four suits of playing cards in the standard Latin deck along with the suits of Cups, Coins and Swords. Before 1800, French cardmakers, who also made Spanish card games, called them cartes à bâtons. Symbol on Italian pattern cards: Symbol on Spanish pattern cards:
Notes and references
- Dummett, Michael. A Wicked Pack of Cards: Origins of the Occult Tarot. Bloomsbury (1996), p. 47.