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The Playing Cards of Karl Gerich - SOLD ITEMS
Maintained on the site so you can enjoy the work
of this British Designer and Publisher

Karl Alexander Gerich, 23rd April 1956 — 4th January 2016

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

Karl was extraordinary as he didn't just design playing cards and then leave production to others, no, he persued the whole gamut of the playing card maker's art.

From his original designs he etched the copper plates. From these plates he printed the designs which then had to be hand colored.

Then the tedious job of glueing the finished sheets to the card board and then cutting the cards to size.

He then produced quite fascinating boxes.

Some packs were undertaken as a joint collaboration with his then partner Georgina Harvey until they ended their relationship.

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Pack No: 29 “Victoria Playing cards” by Georgina Harvey & Karl Gerich

These cards were designed by Georgina Harvey and printed by Karl Gerich.

The cards have no indices and the double ended courts show a variety of normal day to day activities - Shepard, Mason, Fruit Picker, Botanist and other trades easily discernible.

The pips of the four Kings have golden crowns.

The club and diamond suits are coloured Green and Orange respectively. Some of the pip cards [ shown ] have shades of the dominant colour.

The backs are Green.

The title card denotes the pack design number and the two people involved in the production.

The double ended joker wears the traditional three cornered hat with the waistband reading VICTORIA

There is a piece of paper with Karl’s address and signature

All comes in a hand crafted box with the circular trading of Victoria / PCC /BATH

There were in the region of 20 packs produced.

REF: KG29 _006  

 

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KG 10 - Karl Gerich “Four Corners” 1991 Playing Cards

This is Karl’s tenth pack and reflects his admiration for the cards produced by the German firm of B Dondorf.
 
He has mimicked the “Luxus-Spielkarte Vier-Erdteile [ Four Continents Luxury Playing Cards ] designed by Friedrich Karl Housmann in 1870.
 
The pack consists of 52 cards plus a Coloured Magic Joker  all in original red box with title card to front. 
[ The box is in perfect condition – white marks are just light reflections ]
 
The Court cards are double ended and represent National figures from various parts of the world.
 
It is understood that no more than 50 packs, of this very popular topic, were made.
 
The hand made box is red with the circled inscription
“Handmade in Bath England – Karl Gerich”
 
The cards measure 44 by 76 mm – All in ‘as produced’ condition.

REF: KG10_1123_006 
  

 

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10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EPCS
TRANSFORMATION DECK NURSERY RHYMES.

DESIGNED AND HAND PRINTED BY KARL GERICH, IN BATH in 1994

Totally original designs for a transformation deck, hand crafted limited edition.

He hand made the boxes and playing cards in different batches.

Tradition children’s nursery rhymes are illustrated with cleverly weaved transformations of the pip cards and hand coloured for effect though sets were sold in Black and White 

I would struggle to come up with 52 Nursery Rhymes never find to see how I could allocate each to a playing card.

We have handled a couple of these and I am still amazed at the ingenuity 

The court cards feature a variety of characters, Mrs Thatcher bringing the pack ‘up to date!’

Colourful de Lux backs

REF: KGFT_R_009 


 

 

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Pack No: 20 “Rouennnais A”

“Rouennnais A” which was published in 1990 is a 32-card pack with a double-ended joker and an additional card with two tigers
Printed by Victoria PCC


The aces are highly decorated with the pip in a central circle and two different figures on each card including

Adam and Eve,
Pierrot and Columbine,
Punch and Judy
and Moses.

The courts are lavishly illustrated and reminiscent of the Russian VP/XP design, but all are original.

The cards are 49mm x 72mm.
Black Backs.

The material on Karl and his works have been gleaned from the excellent research material published by

REF: KG20_008 

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Lettische Patience Playing Cards by Karl Gerich Pack No: 34

The model for this deck was one produced about 1940 by Lettische Wertpapierdruckerei the State owned printing company in Rega, Latvia

The cards are patience size at 36mm x 55mm and are a 32 card pack plus Joker plus Title Card plus signature card.

The double ended courts have no indices but the Kings are crowned - simple costume throughout the courts.

The Joker shows a crouched Silenus or Satyr with tumbling suits.

The title card is just that and the signature card states “First batch 4/6 - 9h September 1994” and is signed.

The backs are pink and the cards are housed is an attractive hand made box.

In total roughly 20 packs were printed.

REF: KG34 _005   

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‘Great Model” Playing Cards by Karl Gerich Pack No: 25

Produced from 1987 this pack of 52 playing cards plus Joker plus signature card are handmade in Karl’s style hand coloured from copperplate etchings.

They are branded under the two tigers logo “Dos Tigres” The courts are double ended and show the traditional Jack, Queen and King in an array of costumes.

The Jack of Clubs has the Great Mogul brand name running from one half to another and the King has a central cartouche containing the Pack Number 25.

The Clubs have a Tudor feel to them whereas the Diamond Courts are Middle Eastern as is the spade suit. The heart suit has a Balkan appearance.

The Aces are of Clubs continues the Middle East theme and serves as a title card for the brand and the maker’s domicile.

The other attractive Ace show various Tigers and Moguls.

The double ended Joker is a jester.

The signature card is signed and dated 3rd December 1990 and gives Karl’s address.

The backs are Pink.

Housed in a handmade box with a picture of the Great Mogul.

30 packs are believed to have been made.

REF: KG25_006    

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“Cartes Turques Patience” Playing Cards Pack Number KG18

Karl modelled this deck on the Carte Turgues made by Glanz, later editions by van Genechen, Brepols and Piatik.

This is a piquet pack with 32 cards plus a Joker and two extra cards.
The complete deck is housed in a Green Box with a suited label - the card backs are layered with the same material as the green box.

The cards measure 34mm x 63mm

The double ended court cards are all wearing oriental costumes with the men wearing a variety of colorful and patterned massar turbans.
The aces are a delight - three having double headed dragons and the ace of spades being a representation of Adam and Eve with the temptress snake coiled within the design.

The Joker is double ended with a Turkish man sporting the traditional red fez.

The title card give the Issue Number 18 and the name of the pack..

The other spare card also gives the packs number together with the description that it is made by Karl Gerick and his address

It also incorporate Phoenix rising from the ashes with the word " RESURGAM” from the Latin - I will rise again.

Cards are first class condition and it is believed that only 20 packs were handcrafted.

REF: KG18 _006     

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KG36 - Karl Gerich - Così Fan Tutte
Hand Made Playing Cards

KG36, “Così Fan Tutte” is based on Mozart’s opera.
It is complete being 52 cards plus a magnificent "Don Alfonso" Joker housed in a hand made box.

The Courts and Pip Cards are 'non-standard'
The four suits are
'a heart shaped locket' - 'magnet' - 'marriage contract' -'poison bottle' and are taken from the opera.
The kings are the two male lovers in their normal costume and then dressed as Albanians.
The queens are the female leads with their lovers, in and out of disguise, in the background.
The jacks show Despina in and out of her disguises
The aces are embellished with cupids, satyrs, angels and witches.

The Joker is Don Alfonso.

Each card is 85mm x 96mm
The pack was published in an edition of about 13 although a number of proof sheets were also produced for sale.


Signed on the inside the the box by Karl dated "19th August 1998"

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

REF: KG36_CFT_0501 


 

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Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti[a] (All Women Do It,
or The School for Lovers), K. 588,
is an opera buffa in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
It was first performed on 26 January 1790 at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria.
The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte who also wrote Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.
Although it is commonly held that Così fan tutte was written and composed at the suggestion of the Emperor Joseph II, recent research does not support this idea.[
There is evidence that Mozart's contemporary Antonio Salieri tried to set the libretto but left it unfinished.
In 1994, John Rice uncovered two terzetti by Salieri in the Austrian National Library.

The short title, Così fan tutte, literally means "So do they all", using the feminine plural (tutte) to indicate women.

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KG 10 - Karl Gerich “Four Corners” 1991 Playing Cards

 
This is Karl’s tenth pack and reflects his admiration for the cards produced by the German firm of B Dondorf.
 
He has mimicked the “Luxus-Spielkarte Vier-Erdteile [ Four Continents Luxury Playing Cards ] designed by Friedrich Karl Housmann in 1870.
 
The pack consists of 52 cards plus 4 additional Aces plus a Coloured Magic Joker plus signed card from Karl all in original red box with title card to front. 
 
The Court cards are double ended and represent National figures from various parts of the world.
 
The double Aces consist of one hand coloured showing exotic scenes; the others two unclouded scenes of Bath.
 
It is understood that no more than 50 packs, of this very popular topic, were made.
 
The cards measure 44 by 76 mm – All in ‘as produced’ condition.

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

REF: KG10  – 006   


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Joker
Signature Card
Back of cards

10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EPCS
TRANSFORMATION DECK NURSERY RHYMES.

DESIGNED AND HAND PRINTED BY KARL GERICH, IN BATH on 22nd of October 1994

Totally original designs for a transformation deck, hand crafted limited edition, this is number 31 /72, signed by the artist on the title and in gold ink on the inside base of the box and dated 30th June 1994 – he hand made the boxes and playing cards in different batches.

Tradition children’s nursery rhymes are illustrated with cleverly weaved transformations of the pip cards and hand coloured for effect though sets were sold in Black and White 

I would struggle to come up with 52 Nursery Rhymes never find to see how I could allocate each to a playing card.

We have handled a couple of these and I am still amazed at the ingenuity 

The court cards feature a variety of characters, Mrs Thatcher bringing the pack ‘up to date!’

Plain Yellow Backs

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REF: epcs10th-0041

KG28 Pack of Standard Playing Cards to celebrate "Mayday" 

This pack was published in 1989 being in the mode of English Standard Playing Cards with double ended court cards.
 Karl finished the design of thisdeck on the 1st May 1989 hence the name of the pack.
 
They are printed from copper etchings on Daler Ford cover paper, pasted to a second (coloured) sheet, pressed, coloured, varnished. Victoria P.C.C. traded between 1st May 1989 until 17 December 1990. Cards measure 74mm x 44mm.
 
His signature card, included, is dated 4th December 1990 the date he finished this pack.
 
Also included is a double ended Joker plus Title Card. The cards have a yellow back and come made with an elegant hand painted flip top box with a picture of King Henry VIII.
 
It also coincided with Steve Davis winning the World Snooker Championship so Karl made an extra card to reflect this obviously a fan of Steves.
 
25 sets were made of this issue.
 
The cards measure 74 by 44 mm – Box and Cards all in ‘as produced’ condition.

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear and WOPC

REF: KG28_055


 

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Joker
Title Card
Steve Davis
Signature Card
Back of cards

KG24 Karl Gerich “Polonaise “ Playing Cards

Produced c1988 this pack was modelled on a combination of Piantnik’s XP10 ’Neugotik’ and packs from Poland.
 
The double ended courts are dressed in 16th/17th century costumes.
 
There are 52 cards plus a great Joker – all presented in a purpose made box with typical Gerich cover card.
 
The cards have a Green Back
 
They measure 43 x 77 mm and are in ‘as produced’ condition.
 
Roughly forty packs were made.

REF: KG24   –  054


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material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

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KG30 Karl Gerich's Merry Andrews Playing Cards

This pack was published in 1989 and was limited to 24 sets complete with a hand crafted box with Merry Andrews as a dancing musician.
 
This is a 52 small format patience pack resembling packs by Piatnik and a Yugoslav one by Grafika Zrenjanin c1950 plus additional Aces and a Joker
 
With attractive double ended courts – each suit having a plain ace plus a double ended decorated Ace having a different stance, by a man and a woman, viewed from each end.
 
The cards measure 43mm x 73mm 
 
Box and Cards all in ‘as produced’ condition.

REF:KG30_005     
 

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Bongout / Triton 1989 Karl Gerich - KG 31 - Limited Edition

Karl Gerich Pack No: 31, Bongout/Triton 1989
This pack was designed and printed by Karl Gerich – Victoria Playing Card Co. – Bath
The pack is based on the XP17 pattern [ the Bongout pattern ] used by the Turnhout Playing Card makers notably van Genechen
The Court Cards are double ended – the KIngs wearing Crowns
The Double Ended Aces depict named scenes from Bath
The Joker is single ended and depicts the Sea God – TRITON
Karl named it ‘Triton’ in a mark of respect for the Voyager 2 Spacecraft
which passed ‘close’ to Neptune’s Moon ‘Triton’ first discovered in 1846.
The pips for the Red suits are not standard colors –
The Heart Suit is red and orange and the Diamond Suit is orange and yellow.
The box is an excellent hand colored item with the same Triton image as the Joker
The back of the box details the publisher etc
The cards measure 43mm x 78mm
This is a Limited Edition of 30 packs
The cards are as issued and are complete
comprising of 52 cards plus a Joker plus ‘a title card’ plus 2 blank cards
The title card bearing the image of two Tigers
– Tigers feature throughout Karl’s designs

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

REF: KG31_30 _008
 

 

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Beautiful Bath 1996 Karl Gerich - KG 23 - Limited Edition

This was a Limited Edition of 30 Packs of Playing Cards with unique designs reflecting the adopted home of Karl – BATH
This was issued in 1996 and consists of a 52 card pack plus 2 Blank cards
They measure 60mm x 93mm
Each pip card show a scene from Bath’s attractive architecture and Parks
The cards are French suited with unusual coloring.
The Diamond suit depict Churches and Chapels
The Club suit shows club parks and open spaces
The Heart suit portrays bridges and water features and the Spade suit – buildings and Streets
The Court cards depict portraits of people who figured in the history of Bath – some real, some imaginary.
The cards are, as is common with Karl’s card, etched and tastefully hand painted producing miniature works of art.
Presented in a quality two part box – the box bears the title and design number on the base
The cards are as issued.

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

REF: K23_1_30-0521   
 

 

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Trappola Francaise 1990 Karl Gerich - KG 15 - Limited Edition

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

This Limited Edition pack was inspired by Piatnik’s Trappola Pack of c1890 and is 1 of 20 made
The plates were prepared in 1987 but not issued ’till 1990
Etched and Hand Colored with delicate pastoral colours; the Aces are a joy to view.
It is noted by Mike and Daf that Karl found this delightful coloring extremely tedious!
This is a 36 card pack with Three Jokers – one is double ended whilst the other 2 depict a Jester playing with a young woman.
The Hearts suits also bear Cups and the Clubs Batons copying the Italian style for Trappola cards
The Aces are really quite wonderful
The cards measure 51mm x 81mm
Housed in a Titled Box – the cards are as issued.

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REF: KG15_1_20 -0601    

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Nibelungenkarten 1994 Karl Gerich - KG 27 - Limited Edition

Nibelungenkarten 1994 Karl Gerich – KG 27 – Limited Edition

This pack was started in 1989 [ see Queen of Leafs ] but was not ‘finished’ ’till 1994.

This is one of only six packs made to celebrate Richard Wagner’s Opera “The Ring of the Nibelungs” – based on characters from the Norse Sagas and the court cards portray some of the Gods and Mortals in the double ended style – each character is named in hand scripted form.
Jack of Hearts and Jack of Leafs are really interesting.

The suit symbols are leaf, bell, acorn and heart.

The cards measure 60mm x 95mm and come in there own box; the inner lid bears the edition number [ 4 of 6 ] date and signature of Karl Gerich.

The cards are as issued.

REF: KG27_1_6-0021    
 

 

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Rheinland Pattern 1991 Karl Gerich KG12 Limited Edition

Karl started this pack in 1985, put it to one side, then finished it in 1991

Based on Dondorf’s 1870’s Rheinland Pattern which was appropriated by many makers over the years.

This is one of a Limited Edition of 20 Packs.

This is piquet pack meaning it is 32 cards [ plus Joker ] – the style of a short pack originally being used for games like Piquet and Bezique amongst others.

The Joker is pictured cross legged – playing a Mandolin – a possible image of Karl in 1991 ?

French suited with varying colours – Diamond Suit being in Yellow and the Club Suit in Green.

The courts are double ended and are very attractive.

The backs are of a Florentine” pattern.

The box has a phoenix motif.

The cards are 55mm x 86mm

Cards are as issued.

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

REF: KG12_1_20 -058   

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“Cartes Turques Patience” Playing Cards Pack Number KG18

Karl modelled this deck on the Carte Turgues made by Glanz, later editions by van Genechen, Brepols and Piatik.

This is a piquet pack with 32 cards plus a Joker and two extra cards.
The complete deck is housed in a Green Box with a suited label - the card backs are layered with the same material as the green box.

The cards measure 34mm x 63mm

The double ended court cards are all wearing oriental costumes with the men wearing a variety of colorful and patterned massar turbans.
The aces are a delight - three having double headed dragons and the ace of spades being a representation of Adam and Eve with the temptress snake coiled within the design.

The Joker is double ended with a Turkish man sporting the traditional red fez.

The title card give the Issue Number 18 and the name of the pack..

The other spare card also gives the packs number together with the description that it is made by Karl Gerick and his address

It also incorporate Phoenix rising from the ashes with the word " RESURGAM” from the Latin - I will rise again.

Cards are first class condition and it is believed that only 20 packs were handcrafted.

REF: KG18 _006     

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