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Playing Card and Games from 17th Century, Gaming Counters and Counter Boxes

ENGLISH STANDARD PLAYING CARDS TO 1828
MAKERS INCLUDE GROSER, GIBSON & GISBORNE,
FRENCH, HALL, HUNT & SONS,
I HARDY AMONGST OTHERS 

A complete set of 18th Century playing cards by Christopher Groser  

Three sets are known by this maker – this is the only complete one and has uniform, non-mixed, courts.

The Duty Ace of Spades tells us it was registered between 1789 and 1801. This conflicts with John Berry’s detailed listings of the Stamping Office records but this is certainly no exception – records were lost and misplaced.

Berry1 does list a Groser Duty Ace for the period 1801-1828 with duty of One Shilling and Six Pence
[ six pence added three times ] but this could have just been a notation error by Berry given the size of his undertaking.

So this George III packs of playing cards shows duty on the Ace of Spades of One Shilling
[ six pence added twice ] making the total duty for the pack as Two Shillings [ two further sixpences were applied to the Jew and the Wrapper ] and was most probably issued c1790-95.

Groser is cited as operating from 14 Prince’s Street, Cavendish Square at the time of this packs production.

The acknowledged expert of the English Standard Pattern, Dr Ken Lodge2, has identified the courts as being made by Gibson, operating from 58 Mortimer Street, Cavendish Square during this period.

Christopher Groser and Charles Gibson were both Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and had both held the esteemed position of Master of that Company. Groser in 1784 and Gibson in 1773.

Given their premises close physical proximity to each other, see map, and their involvement, at a senior level, in the Worshipful Company is not only reasonable to assume that they knew each other well but one could speculate that Gibson produced the basic pack, 51 cards, to go with Groser’s Duty Ace of Spades for a fee.

It is quite probably that Groser was involved in the production of other wares, maybe of a stationary type, and this using of Gibson for outsourcing would make sense all ways round presuming his sales were of a low volume supported by number of instances of his Duty Ace known

I can only presume that the Stamping Officer would visit Groser’s premises to duty the final product – it making no difference to the stamping office who actually made the 51 cards as long at the duty was paid.

The cards are in very good condition and represent a high standard of workmanship with an unprinted reverse.

1 Taxation on Playing-Cards in England from 1711-1960 – John Berry
2 The British playing card industry 1600-200: the makers and their products. Ken Lodge

groser_aos_2

REF: GROSER    
 

£6,000.00

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An 18th Century English Revenue Ace of Spades - perhaps not

Liberty & Beef

This interesting item came to light at a recent auction of Italian Printed Sheets and Cards.

To all extant and purposes is an English Duty Ace of the 1765 to 1776 period.

Aces were printed by the Stamp Office, using intaglio plates, then these sheets were returned to the Playing Card Maker for pasting onto the backing board.

So what can we say about this Ace.

Firstly,  no such maker is recorded by the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards despite the fact that one website has a pack of the correct period with this Duty Ace with the addition of the words GENOA.

Examining the Ace shows that the regnal number III is partly obliterated by a decoration. That decoration should be in a leaf format as it should be on the right hand side of the garter.

The symbol, under the DIEU ET MON DROIT, looks nothing like it should.

It was at that point that the engraver would denote any re-cuts.

So this is a fake, maybe the Italians, if indeed they were the forgers, were trying to cache in on the this lucrative trade that was seated in Belgium.

The paper is adjudged to be early 19th century.

So it is offered as a Fake but an interesting one.

REF: LB_ACE    
 

£90.00

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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.

POST IS FREE ON THIS ITEM

REF: CSA5258         

£700.00

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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.

REF: CSAHF_18         

£3,000.00

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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.

REF: CSA 3561        

£750.00

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Hall c1801 Playing Cards
6d added twice

A complete deck [ 52/52 ] of George III English Playing Cards by HALL

The Duty Ace of Spades carries duty of Six Pence added twice and is numbered No: 32

The Court cards are full length and the cards carry no indices.

The backs of the cards are plain and measure 64 X 93mm

The cards are in Lightly played with – no tares or bent corners rated 7++/10

INSURED POSTAGE IS FREE ON THIS ITEM

REF: CSA2005
 

£525.00

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Unknown Maker c1800/1810 “TOY”
small format Playing Cards

A complete deck [ 52/52] of George III English Playing Cards by an Unknown maker

No tax levied on this item so Ace of Spades is infact a Black Spade !!

The Court cards are full length and the cards carry no indices. The backs of the cards are Pink Patterned and measure 39mm X 57mm

The cards are in lightly played with condition – rated 7/10

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £3.45 / to Europe – £4.45 / to Other £6.10
Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00
We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSA2181      
 

£175.00

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Unknown Maker c1800/1810 “TOY”
small format Playing Cards

A complete deck [ 52/52] of George III English Playing Cards by an Unknown maker

No tax levied on this item so plain Ace of Spades – stamped SUPERFINE

The Court cards are full length and the cards carry no indices. The backs of the cards are plain and measure 35mm X 58mm

The cards are in near Mint Condition 9+/10

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £3.45 / to Europe – £4.45 / to Other £6.10
Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00
We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSA2171     
 

£250.00

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Gibson Hunt & Son c1801 / 1803 Playing Cards

A complete deck [ 52/52 ] of George III English Playing Cards by Gibson Hunt & Son

The Duty Ace of Spades carries duty of Six Pence – added three times and is numbered No: 5

The Court cards are full length and the cards carry no indices. The court cards are famed within the card and have large borders – the inner frame measuring 32mm X 55mm

The backs of the cards are plain and measure 58mm X 87mm – this is the smaller sized cards known as Piquet sized Playing Cards.

The cards are in Lightly played with – no tares or bent corners rated 7/10

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £3.45 / to Europe – £4.45 / to Other £6.10
Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00
We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSA2196    
 

£550.00

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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.

REF: CSAH_no11         

£650.00

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Hunt & Sons c1809 Playing Cards

A complete deck [ 52/52 ] of George III English Playing Cards by Hunt & Sons

The Duty Ace of Spades carries duty of One Shilling and Six Pence and is numbered No: 18

The Court cards are full length and the cards carry no indices. The backs of the cards are plain and measure 64mm X 94mm

The cards are in Lightly played with – no tares or bent corners rated 7/10

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £3.45 / to Europe – £4.45 / to Other £6.10
Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00
We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSA4438   
 

£275.00

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Josiah Stone c1812 Playing Cards

A complete deck [ 52/52 ] of George III English Playing Cards by Josiah Stone

The Duty Ace of Spades carries duty of One Shilling and Six Pence and is numbered No: 6.

Stone was a short lived maker and his cards do not turn up that often

The Court cards are full length and the cards carry no indices. The backs of the cards are plain and measure 64mm X 93mm

The cards are in Lightly played with – no tares – the Ace of Spades has a weak top left corner – the cards are rated 6/10

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £3.45 / to Europe – £4.45 / to Other £6.10
Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00
We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSA2019    
 

£475.00

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c1812 GIII HALL & SON EXPORTATION PLAYING CARDS

A complete set of Playing Cards 52/52 with Plain Backs and full standing courts.

The Ace of Spades being engraved, for the maker by the Stamping Office, the other 51 cards being woodblock printed and hand stencilled coloured.

The cards are in very good condition with no bends tears and we would rate them 7/8 out of 10, with 10 being Mint condition.

Insured Postage is free on this item.

REF:CSA6506     

£500.00

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Hunt & Sons c1818 Playing Cards

A complete deck [ 52/52 ] of George III English Playing Cards by Hunt & Sons

The Duty Ace of Spades carries duty of One Shilling and Six Pence and is numbered No: 73

The Court cards are full length and the cards carry no indices. The backs of the cards are plain and measure 64mm X 93mm

The cards are in Near Mint Condition 9/10

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £3.45 / to Europe – £4.45 / to Other £6.10
Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00
We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSA6150      
 

£300.00

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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.

REF: CSA5397         

£600.00

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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.

REF: CSA3810       

£2,500.00

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