This is a bond between H R Sabine of No 2 Lovells Court, Pater Noster Row, in the City of London, Licensed Card Maker and Her Majesty. These were required as a Card Maker would be trusted to store Revenue Aces and pay their account at the Stamping Office.
Sabine is an interesting Maker and produced cards in partnership with Thomas Lewis Woolley from their premises at 153 High Holborn and it is recorded in the London gazette that this partnership ended on the 25th May 1839. This Bond then indicates that it was Sabine’s intention to ‘go it alone’ but did he?
He was made free of the Stationers’ Company in 1839 by virtue of the fact that his father, Thomas, was a Stationer and went on, after bankruptcy, to become a Commercial Traveller and an Accountant. He died in 1895 at the age of 84.
Only one production run bears his name, and that with his partner Woolley, it was patterned back and made for export having single ended courts and was most probably produced in 1836 though Ken Lodge [ 2 ] indicated that their distinctive court cards appear with an an Anonymous Ace of Spades.
Interesting to note that this Bond was produced during the Reign of William IV and all references to His [ Majesty ] were crossed out in favour of Her [Majesty ].
The folded portion, bottom right, is where the seals located.
The Bond shown is on offer together with a Document File ‘transcribing the bond with changes to the original bond [ due to change of Monarch ] shown in Red – not illustrated
A rare piece of the history of English Playing Cards
Michael H Goodall – Minor British Playing Card Makers of the Nineteenth Century, Volume II: Woolley & Company (1996).
Ken Lodge – “ The British playing card industry 1600 “ 2000: the makers and their products – 2017
Simon Wintle – “ World of Playing Cards Website – “ https://wopc.co.uk
Paul Bostock – https://Plainback.com
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