British Standard Playing Cards to 1828

 
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CNE 4251X


French Suited German Engraved cards c1610 to 1650
with English Hand Tax Stamp

32 cards engraved cards by an unknown artist from a pack of 52 - initials IS or SI. Cards are hand coloured and reflect hunting and animal scenes from the serious to the comic - don't you just love the 10 Spades with the cat fiddling as the mice dance aground at his feet !

Commenting on the cards in the United States Playing Card Companies collection Hargrave says "Of cards with French suit signs in these German lands, there are many. The earliest one we have is a pack of 52 cards, from coper plates and coloured by hand, and most of them bear the monogram of an unknown artist. Besides the suit signs arranged in the usual manner they picture a day's hunting across the field and through the forests of early seventeenth century Germany. The Kings and valets aredebonair gentlemen and the Queens gracious little ladies. No other example of these cards are known to exist." She then illustrates four of them and classifies them as "Hunting series, 1610"

Virginia Wayland states in the IPCS Journal Volume XIII, No 1 [ August 1979 ] that these cards must have been seen by John Lenthall as he followed the design in his Forest Cards [ Pack No: XXII ] often reversing the image.

Uniqueness is a word we don't often use but in addition to this decks obvious rarity it also bears an English Hand Tax Stamp of c 1712 a Red Stock in Hand Stamp which would have been applied on importation.

Condition is varied and the high definition scans of the cards reveal all.

Insured Postage is free on this item.

£4,500.00

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CSA 5244

Court Cards the Best to Play With...1788
Michael Tregear's research, writing in the journal of the International Playing Card Society, The playing-card Volume 37, Number 2, identifies the three characters, from left to right as,  

Edmund  Burke, Warren Hastings [ First Governor General of India 1773-1784 ] and King George III.

Michael comments that Hastings faced impeachment proceedings and this print gives us a view of Hastings dressed in Indian attire between his accuser, Burke [Who presented the Commons with the Article of Charge of High Crimes and Misdemeanors against Hastings in 1788] and his supporter, King George III.

Hastings was found not guilty and was aquitted in 1795 in a pennyless state.

This is an engraved print being hand coloured and giving a great representation of court cards of the period in their truest sense.

This was Published By J Doughty 1788. at No. 19 Holborn London.
Price 2s.6d. Plain or Coloured.

Small areas of strengthening on the reverse. The full image is a coming together of two scans the original print
measuring 26cm by 25.8 cm

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£500.00

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CSA5258

c1800 A sheet of 'FAKE' English Playing Cards - GIBSON & GISBORNE

Made in Belgium, quite possibly in Brussels, the sole purpose to avoid British Tax which was excessively high.
Whilst the Ace is very obviously a fake being cut from a woodblock as opposed to a genuine British Duty Ace being from an engraved plate, the court cards are very typical of the period.

This sheet , measuring 15.25 inches by 13.5 inches, has the benefit of portraying all the courts, the 'Duty Ace', the Two of Spades and the Nine of Spades.

The condition of the sheet is typical of it's type - not being square cut.

Insured Postage is free on this item.

£700.00

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CSAHF_18

Henry French Exportation Ace Playing Cards c1800/1805

We know of only two other packs from this maker, both EXPORTATION Aces, and count this as one of the rarest 18th/19th Century English Playing Card Makers - this is Ace number 18 of 20.

Henry French operated from 11 Broad St, Bloomsbury from 1794 to 1805.

He was Warden of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards in 1800/1801 and became Master in 1802.

His court cards bear a similarity to those of Brotherton and T Wheeler. This is especially true with the Queen of Hearts which has the clasped Tulip un-opened compared to the vast majority of his piers where the tulip [?] is fully opened.

The cards are in excellent condition. The Jack of Diamonds exhibits bottom margin slippage [ a printing anomaly ] and the Queen of Spades has a very slight colour run, top left of card not affecting the design.

The cards have a plain back.

Insured Postage is free on this item.

£3,000.00

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CSA 3561

c1800 or possibly later Fake Gibson & Gisbourne Playing Cards
Wood Block Printed - crude wood block ace no 115 - name difficult to read - Produced presumably to avoid duty by issuing an ace in the style of 1765-1776 (no dyes for Aces Known for Gibson & Gisbourne until 1776) probably produced in Belgium c 1810-1820 - Single courts 52/52 - condition excellent

Insured Postage is free on this item.

£750.00

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CSA5281



c1803 T WHEELER Playing Cards near MINT condition.
A complete deck of 52/52 Playing Cards from this rarely seen maker - T WHEELER of 127 Holborn Hill, London.
This SPECIAL Ace of Spades, known as the LUDLOW Ace, is Die Number 44, 1st re-cut, and bears a date of 1344 ( needs to be read under a glass where the 3 can be clearly read ). Wheeler ascribed this date to the forming of the Order Of The Garter ( The Garter Ace of Spades being used on Duty Aces from 1765-1828 ), the Order was in fact formed four years earlier! Guess the absence of Google made research more difficult then!
The central Spade Pip of the Ace is shaded, which does not occur on other Duty Aces by other manufacturers.
The cards are in NEAR MNT CONDITION which is unusual for Georgian Playing Cards.

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£750.00

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CSAH_no11

c1805 HALL Playing Cards

A complete pack of George III playing cards by cardmaker HALL.

Duty is One Shilling and Sixpence [ sixpence added three times ] and this is from plate No 11 [ third re-cut for those who are interested ].

Courts are single figured and stencil coloured.

The cards are in very good condition rated 8/10

Insured Postage is free on this item.

 

£650.00

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CSA 4429

c1809 HUNT & SONS Standard Playing Cards
George III Duty Ace of Spades showing
Duty of ONE SHILLING AND SIX PENCE– Ace No: 10
Small Size Courts & Small Ace
Bezique Deck - Complete 32/32
Cards are in very good condition with the odd slight foxing mark.

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK - £3.40 / to Europe - £4.10 / to Other - £5.05 - insured is an additional £5.00 to all countries
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£450.00

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CSA5397


c1818 I HARDY EXPORTATION PLAYING CARDS

Complete pack of these George III Playing Cards by the maker I HARDY.

These cards were made for exportation, the colonies, USA, Europe or the Far East, and thuis bear no duty.

They are Ace number 37 [ Recut 1 ] which dates them 1817-1820

Cards are in very good condition.

Insured Postage is free on this item.

£600.00

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CSA 3810

c 1820 English Standard Hand Drawn & Coloured
Complete Pack on Bananna Leaf

They were believed to have been made in Ceylon and are on either palm leaf or
banana leaf. They are mounted and housed in two books and were previously part of a
collection by Captain H. E. Rimington Wilson of Broomhead Hall.

His collection was sold in 1971 and although it only contained about 100 items of playing cards Sylvia Mann was totally impressed with the quality of the collection.

Insured Postage is free on this item.

£2,500.00

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CSA4308

C1822 HUNT & SONS Standard Playing Cards
George III Duty Ace showing ONE SHILLING AND SIXPENCE
Ace Number 64 3rd Recut
Square Cornered, Single Courts, Plain Backs – small format
INCOMPLETE 50 out of 52
LACKS 4 Spades and Jack of Diamonds
Cards in played with condition – no bends, tears or damage to cards

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK - £3.40 / to Europe - £4.10 / to Other - £5.20 - insured is an additional £5.00 to any Country.
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£225.00

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CSA4427

C1822 HUNT & SONS Standard Playing Cards
George IV Duty Ace showing ONE SHILLING AND SIXPENCE
Ace Number 95 [ not recorded in Berry ]
Ace of Clubs stamped SUPERFINE
Square Cornered, Single Courts, Plain Backs.
Complete 52 out of 52 cards
Cards are in very good, crisp, condition

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK - £3.40 / to Europe - £4.10 / to Other - £5.20 - insured is an additional £5.00 to any Country.
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£300.00

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CSB 3812

c1823 Hall & Bancks Outer Playing Card Wrapper
An outer wrapper for six packs of playing cards by Hall & Bancks c18123. These are for their branded "THE GREAT MOGUL" made at their No: 15 Piccadilly, London premises. The wrapper is 33cm by 31cm - the central graphic measuring 10cm by 27cm.The wrapper bears the inscription "CARD MAKERS TO HIS MAJESTY THEIR R.H THE PRINCESS DUKE & DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER AND PRINCE LEOPOLD"
Nice crafted central graphic pain of a Great Mogul with a border with the four suit signs.

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK - £3.40 / to Europe - £4.10 / to Other - £5.20 - insured is an additional £5.00 to any Country.
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