ENGLISH STANDARD PLAYING CARDS FROM 1829 TO 1901
MAKERS OF PLAYING CARDS INCLUDE GOODALL, HUNT, De La Rue,
BANCKS BROTHERS, REYNOLDS, WILLIS<
MARDON SON & HALL & CRESWICK

Goodall Crimea War Playing Cards c1855
with Old Frizzle Ace

1855 Early Commemorative by Goodall & Co
Playing Cards marking the Crimea War

This is one of the earliest commemorative backed cards to be produced.

It shows the Crimean War
[ October 1853 to March 1856 ]
British and French troops shaking hands.

Square cornered standing courts featuring
Goodall's unusual Ace of Spades design
Jack of Clubs wearing the
"GOODALL AND SON" belt.
Cards have been played with

but have no tears or bends.

A scarce pack to find.

Postage at cost

REF:   GCW  
 

£550

Goodall Playing Cards c1855 with Old Frizzle Ace

Goodall Playing Cards c1855 with Old Frizzle Ace
Unturned Standing Courts
Jack of Clubs wearing the
"GOODALL AND SON" belt.
Attractive Back design
Cards are in near mint condition

Postage at cost

REF:    G1855OF
 

£110

Goodall & Son - London c1863-1865 Playing Cards

Standard Playing Cards made by
Goodall & Son, London.
Double ended turned courts
No indices
Ace of Spades is an adaption of the Old Frizzle Ace and is Goodall's second ace of spades.
Nice Patterend back.
Cards are in very good condition - complete 52/52

REF: GAS1863    
 

£75

Postage at cost

Sealed Goodall Packs of Playing Cards
Tax Wrapped
KING HENRY

Postage at cost

REF:     GKHTW
 

£40

Two sealed Goodall Packs of Playing Cards
Tax Wrapped

- Duplex - Round Cornered
Bezique, Ecarte, Piquet, Moguls

-Highlander Goodall Playing Cards
Bezique, Ecarte, Piquet,Euchre
This pack is slightly bowed

Postage at cost

REF:     GDTW
 

£36

c1837 Hunt & Sons Playing Cards Issued for Coronation Year

A piquet pack, full deck 32/32 cards. 
Small size 56mm x 84mm with Old Frizzle Ace of Spades. 
Jigsaw patterned backs.
The Court cards are of an earlier period and reflect the designs of Stopforth leading us to assume a celebration pack of cards Queen Victoria’s Coronation.

The cards have been exposed to damp but they are still as intact as they ever were with no separation.

There are a lot of surface marks, more evident on the pip cards given the rarity of this deck we adjudge the markings to be minor.

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £4.45 / to Europe – £8.00 / to Other £10.95 Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00 We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSB5272         

£200.00

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1840-1855 De La Rue French Pips Single Court Playing Cards-Letter Press Printe

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £4.45 / to Europe – £8.00 / to Other £10.95 Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00 We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSB4304         

£225.00

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c1865 Bancks Brothers Double Ended Playing Cards

This deck of playing cards 2*(32/32) are double ended cards without indices
Unusual in that they appear to be made from a single ended pattern cut in half – rather than a new design
Courts are cruder in design than one would expect
Cards are in good condition – a little grubby through light use – blue amoeba style backs

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £4.45 / to Europe – £8.00 / to Other £10.95 Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00 We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSB3893         

£60.00

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1870 De La Rue Bezique Playing Cards

This consist of two packs of playing cards (32/32) identical backs with beautifully drawn pansies in purple, the other pack with a green background.
Courts are double ended, turned, no indices, square corners.
Cards are in good condition, lightly used – no damage.

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £4.45 / to Europe – £8.00 / to Other £10.95 Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00 We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSB3890   

£75.00

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c1880 De La Rue "Dexter" Harry' s patent Ivory Playing Cards

Tax Wrapped – 32/32 – yellow patterned backs

REF: CSB3566         

£20.00

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c1885 BANCKS BROTHERS DOUBLE ENDED PLAYING CARDS

This deck of playing cards (52/52) are without indices and have courts with an unusual colour and pattern – with a lot of turquoise in the design.
The cards have a floral style back – pinks on black
The cards are undamaged but dirty due to use – cleaning should be possibly with this type of soiling.

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £4.45 / to Europe – £8.00 / to Other £10.95 Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00 We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSB3950         

£100.00

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c1935 Mardon Son & Hall

1935
Double Bezique Deck – both tax wrapped
 
Bezique Packs are 32 cards
 
Near Mint

REF: ap_a5_dbp     
 

£10.00

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c1870/80 Bancks and Brothers small format playing cards (HB6)

With unusual coloring  of turquoise / yellow / red turned double ended courts with plain slightly glossy backs
Cards are complete 52/52 and measure 54 cms by 83 cms (frame of courts measures 49 cms by 76 cms).
The Ace of Spades is cut very close to the lettering at the base – Interestingly the double ends are not mirror images of each other having small difference to features – ie size of noses and mouths
The suggestion is that these cards were used for Piquet but we are not sure why that would be and feel a form of Patience is more likely at this time
Condition is very good light use – no damage but slightly grubby on the glossy backs.

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £4.45 / to Europe – £8.00 / to Other £10.95 Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00 We combine postage and only charge our costs.

REF: CSB4198_054         

 

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C1870 Goodall Playing Cards

C1870 Goodall Playing Cards 
These cards have square corners, unturned courts and no indices
Cards have been very lightly used.
Bezique Deck – 32 cards complete

REF: ap_a2_bp _04  
 

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK – £4.45 / to Europe – £8.00 / to Other £10.95 Insurance is an additional £5.00 to any Country for the first £250.00 We combine postage and only charge our costs.

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1885 WILLIS PLAYING CARDS MINIATURE INDEX PIPS

This piquet deck of playing cards (32/22) have interesting indices – they are mini pictures of cards in each corner.
Interestingly the mini court indices are full length courts but Willis appeared never to manufacture full length court cards
They produced these miniature indices on two different sets of cards – once with normal turned courts over the pip and this deck – which seemed to be produced a year later where the indices are turned and the pips placed in the other corner.
The backs are decorative with three smaller pictures almost like a postcards sent from a holiday –in pinks on blue
Complete 32/32 – Condition excellent/near mint

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Playing Cards by Hardy & Sons c1830/1835

52 Complete deck of cards with Hardy distinct standing courts with Old Frizzle Ace of Spades – Duty One Shilling.
 
The back are blue amoeba style.
 
The cards are well played with but no bends or tares – just surface dirt from use.

REF: HARDY_SC_052  
 

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Thomas Creswick Playing Cards
with Standing Courts of unusual design - c 1835

This is the only know example of this design showing full standing court cards adorned in Royal Outfits.

The cards represent that period before the pips, on the court cards, were all on the same side!

52 cards in very good condition with Green Patterned Backs

Thomas Creswick was a printer and paste board maker from 1812 and was “by Special Appointment” supplier of Paper and Card to William IV in 1831.

He entered into the printing of Playing Card in July 1820 and registered a Duty Ace for domestic sales and one for Exportation.

This was the during the peak of heavy taxation on cards and must have represented a challenge for marketing against the established firms of Hunt, Hall etc.

There was great pressure from the London Playing Card makers to have the taxation lowered as sales had reduced and the influx of Foreign forgeries was hurting the trade.

!828 was a great step forward with tax being reduced and with the middling classes having more disposable income for the purchase of minor luxuries like Playing Cards.

Creswick broke from the conformity and comfort of the ‘English Standard” and produced a variety of standing court cards that certainly broke the mould. I doubt they were successful as very few survive.

REF: TC_0423     

 
 
 

Great write up on Thomas Creswick to be found on Mark's excellent site
www.dondorf.co.uk

Mark Irwin

Another excellent write up on this innovative 19th Century Playing Card Maker - at
https://www.wopc.co.uk/blogs/ken-lodge/the-not-so-minor-cardmakers-of-the-19th-century-part-3

Ken Lodge

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