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Re: England

Unread postby Jock1971 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:39 am  

A facsimilie of Kirks Cries of London first published in c.1754. This pack was published by Harry Margary in association with Guildhall Library, London in 1978.
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The earliest series of prints dealing with London cries was that of Marcellus Laroon (1653-1703),first published in 1688. This came to be the prototype for the majority of cries published before 1800 and for a few published even after that date. in the mid-eighteenth century John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill issued a series of 60 small plates based on Laroon`s prints. This pack of 52 cards was published by John Kirk in c.1754 (see King of Clubs & 9 of Diamonds) and despite its claim to be "after nature" ,exploited Laroon`s prints and the cries of paris by Abraham Bosse,indeed some of the backgrouds in some of the cards appear distinctly continental.
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The background scenes in other cards are emphatically London ; The 7 of Diaomonds shows the view from thedoorway of Kirk`s Grotto Toy shop in St Paul`s Churchyard, the Jack of Diamonds shows Noble Street where Kirk till 1746 had his premises, and the 6 of Spades shows the interior of the Royal Exchange. "Tilly Doll", a gingerbread salesman who featured in Hogarth`s "Idle `prentice executed at Tyburn" appears on the Ace of Clubs. The theatrical booth of the vulgar comedian Richard Yates appears on the Queen of Spades and Nine volumes of London Cries are auctioned on the 6 of Hearts.
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The Kirk family sold Toys and continued to do so until early in the following century. John (d.1762) combined toy selling with engraving playing cards, and was able to advertise not only his cries and humours of London, but also Aesop fable cards and a pack devoted to "the various passions of love".
No complete pack of London cries has been located, this present facsimilie pack has been made "complete" by reproducing the 10 of Spades and the King of Hearts from Kirks Aesop fables pack.
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Re: England

Unread postby Jock1971 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:44 am  

JOSEPH REYNOLDS

Joseph Reynolds was apprenticed to Hunt in 1804, Although he registered his first independent Ace of Spades in 1809 there are no records of him manufacturing cards before the early 1820`s. In 1828 he was joined by his two sons ,so all Old Frizzle Aces have Reynolds & Sons on them.By the late 1870`s early 1880`s the firm was beginning to decline and went into administration. In 1882 the firms name was changed to Reynolds & Co and in 1884 was bought by Goodalls who continued the brand until 1902.

Reynolds c.1828-1862, "Old Frizle" Ace, Standard English Pattern Wood-Block Type III
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The first court cards used by Reynolds were the Standard English Pattern Wood-Block Type I, By the introduction of the Old Frizzle Ace in 1828, Reynolds along with many other Card Makers had started to use the Wood-Block Type III design. Around 1840 due to changes in production methods many manufacturers began to redraw their courts in an attempt to modernize the standard English Pattern. This led to various maker-specific designs and the Reynolds in-house design (R1) was introduced around about 1845 and was used up until 1880.

Reynolds an innovator in many ways experimented with rounding the corners of his cards as early as 1848 and in 1851 he took out a patent for his designs with two different solutions, one with edges like a series of semi-circle indentations (like stamp perforations) and the other with concave sides, which he refered to as Losenge-shaped. He was also one of the first makers to introduce Bezique into the country in 1865, which is always spelled Besique on his boxes, markers and booklets.

Reynolds Bezique c.1862-1880, Post frizzle Ace and Double-ended R1 style courts
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Reynolds introduced Double-Ended courts as early as 1850 with both the in-house R1 and Type III designs being used, The Type III design was completely recut and not stuck together from two existing head ends which was specific to reynolds. After the abolishment of the Old Frizzle Ace in 1862 manufacturers were allowed to design their own Ace of Spades. The Reynolds post frizzle ace closely copied that of the old frizzle with two major differences, One having "Manufactured By" above the spade in stead of the "Duty One Shilling" and the other being a extra branch protruding from either side of the wreath surrounding the ace.

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Re: England

Unread postby Jock1971 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:29 pm  

"Victorian" Playing Cards by Charles Goodall & Son dated 1897.
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Produced by Goodall`s to commemorate Queen Victoria`s Diamond Jubilee. The pack has Gilt edges and was printed by Chromolithograph using no less than 12 colours. Due to the age and usage of this pack , it has around 30-40% of the gilding still remaining on the edges and the colours are somewhat faded.
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Re: England

Unread postby Jock1971 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:24 pm  

"UNIQUE STYLE PLAYING CARDS by WADDINGTONS (early 1940`s)
The "Trente et Quarante" Pattern is named after a casino gambling game for which these cards are used. the cards are small in size 82mm x 50mm , all cards have a double line frame, no indices (except "Unique Style") and often had plain backs.
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The earliest known use of tthis Pattern in a sample sheet by C.L Wust held in the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg and is dated 1820. This early example uses the traditional palette of Red, Yellow and Blue. Later examples by other makers use Red, Yellow and Green ,similar to that commonly used for the Genoese Pattern, probably all following a lead set by B.P. Grimauld in 1890.
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In 1928 Waddingtons were making packs of this pattern without indices and copied from Grimauld`s design, even including the name F.Simon on the Jack of Club`s shield. These were named "Casino Series No.4444" and were exported to a Milanese importer along with a Baccarat pack based on the Genoese Pattern. Cards with this Pattern with indices were later repackaged for use in England during World War II as "Unique Style Playing Cards".

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Re: England

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HISTORIC PLAYING CARDS by GOODALL AND SON
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First printed in 1893 with or without gilt edges ,this pack has been reprinted many times, several different back designs have been used and slightly different sized indices on a few editions, there is even a patience size deck.
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The figures of the court cards are wearing the Royal costumes of four different time periods in English History,
Clubs - Plantagenet Period 1216-1399
Diamonds - Tudor Period 1485-1603
Hearts - Stuart Period 1603-1714
Spades - Hannoverian Period 1714-1901
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Re: England

Unread postby Jock1971 » Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:11 pm  

BANCKS BROTHERS

The history of the Bancks Brothers dates back to two separate card firms. The first being HALL (&Son) who began making cards around 1786, In 1819 Bancks (Brother-in law to Hall and Father to the Bancks Brothers) joined the firm and HALL & BANCKS lasted up until 1830. The second firm HUNT began making cards in 1791, in 1801 Hunt joined Gibson after Gisborne had left, HUNT & GIBSON worked under that title for about two years until 1803 when Hunt continued the firm alone. In 1820 Hunts two sons joined the firm and HUNT & SONS continued on until 1830 when the two company`s of HALL & BANCKS and HUNT & SONS merged into one company. Both firm`s continued using their own Old Frizzles for some time (most likely using up old stock) and we don`t see an HUNT, HALL & BANCKS Old Frizzle until 1840. In 1841 the Bancks Brothers took over the firm, but again we don`t see a BANCKS BROTHERS Old Frizzle until 1849, The firm ceased making cards in 1890.

BANCKS BROTHERS succsessors to HUNTS & SONS c.1849-1862.
Old Frizzle Ace and Maker Specific Single Figure Courts HB1
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Hunt began making cards using the Standard English Pattern Wood-Block Type I, Hunts & Sons was one of the first firms (along with HALL & BANCKS and CRESWICK) to try to modernise the standard pattern and in 1820 we start to see Maker-Specific Court cards emerge (possibly due to these firms employing "in-house" Block-Makers)
The Maker Specific Courts designed by Hunt designated HB1 was used from 1820 the start of the Hunt & Sons period up until 1870 during the Bancks Brothers Period.
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BANCKS BROTHERS late HUNT Bezique Deck c.1865-1890, Post Frizzle Ace and double-ended courts HB1.1
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The first version of the BANCKS BROTHERS Post Frizzle Ace printed in 1862 only had the Legend "Card makers to Her Majesty" printed on the bottom of the card, the second version printed in 1865 has the legend "and to H.R.H Prince of Wales" added, Both versions were used together throughout the Bancks Brothers period.The double-Ended courts designated HB1.1 is commonly found with Bancks Brothers Aces,However, there is a pack on Paul Bostock`s website Plainbacks.com with a Hunts & Sons Ace suggesting the pattern dates from sometime before 1849 when the first Bancks Brothers Old Frizzle appeared.
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Re: England

Unread postby Jock1971 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:06 pm  

"Peace" a home-made 36 card pack with two jokers and a title card,designed by Elaine Lewis and dated 2003.
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Elaine Lewis from Yorkshire, England, was still at college when she was one of the winners in a national competition to design a playing cards for a Virgin Airways playing card deck, her winning card was the Seven of Hearts.
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Winning the competition promted Elaine to join the IPCS , but she found she could not afford to buy the decks she wanted and had no cards to trade or swap with. It was then that the idea came to her, to make her own cards to swap at card meetings. She quickly became so successful she was selling her cards rather than swapping.
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Elaine`s first deck , made in 1990, was titled "Citicards`90" which were named after Bradford City, Yorkshire, England. To date she has produced over 50 odd decks all of them limited editions of around 30-50 decks and all in her own unique style.
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Re: England

Unread postby dazzleguts » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:39 pm  

Love that you posted Lewis's deck right after the Bancks Brothers decks. Both for contrast and similarity. Lewis is casual and playful, unlike the constraints of traditional imagery and woodcut methods in the Bancks, but they both have the direct/visceral feel of the hand made.
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Re: England

Unread postby Jock1971 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:30 am  

The Worshipful Company Of Makers Of Playing Cards, 2005 Installation Pack
The 2005 Worshipful Company`s Installation deck was designed by Brad Baker to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Dr. Samuel Johnson`s Dictionary. The back has a print of 17 Gough Square, London by E.E. Briscoe and a portrait of Dr. Johnston taken from the painting "Oil after Reynolds" by Margaret Grose. The cards are Poker size which is slightly larger than normal Worshipful decks so as to reproduce more closely the original cards that measured 91mm X 61mm, whereas these cards are 88mm X 63mm. Approx 350 packs were printed by Richard Edward Limited.
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The monumental task undertaken by Dr. Johnson took eight years to complete in the garret of his house 17 Gough Square just off Fleet Street, now known as Dr. Johnson`s House. Published in 1755, with 42,773 entries, Johnson`s Dictionary of the English language has made a lasting impact upon the English Language.
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The Dictionary was recognised as such an extraordinary achievement that it continued to be used widely for more than 100 years after its publication. Dr. Johnson established a methodology on how a dictionary should be compiled and how entries should be presented. His methods had a major impact on the construction of the Oxford English Dictionary, and legislators in the United States still use "Johnson`s Dictionary" to understand the meaning of their predecessors legislation.
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The Faces of the cards are a reproduction of a pack from the Worshipful Company`s collection held at the Guilhall library. It was published by William Kimberley of Birmingham in 1892. The Royal National Patriotic Playing Cards were produced in 5 editions and the pack reproduced for this deck is the only known example of the first edition which features a giant central suitmark on the cards from 2 to 10. The rarity of the first version would suggest that this version was withdrawn soon after publication.
The Known court cards represent -
King of Diamonds - Albert, Prince Consort
Queen of Diamonds - Queen Victoria
King of Spades - Louis Napoleon III
Queen of Spades - Empress Eugenie
King Of Clubs - Wilhelm I of Germany
King of Hearts - George Washington
Queen of Hearts - Martha Washington
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As well as the original 52 cards from the Kimberley pack the set has 4 extra cards, these include the original "Time zone" card back, the traditional Master`s Ace and two jokers each showing a sketch of Dr. Johnson in his travelling clothes citing one of his famous remarks.

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