Gibson originally took over the business of Blanchard in 1769. Gibson & Hunt operated briefly (1801-1803) and were followed successively by Hunt & Son (1804-1821), Hunt & Sons (1821-1840), Hall (& Son), Hall & Bancks and finally Bancks Brothers (1841-89).
Set of medieval playing cards has 52 cards with King, Queen, Knave and numeral cards from one to ten in each of the four suits of dog collars, tethers (for the hounds), nooses (for birds or small game), and hunting horns. These suits refer to the activity of hunting, as practised by the nobility.
Hunt & Sons (1821-1840) was the first maker to modernise the court card designs with a complete re-drawing
Interesting pack manufactured by Hunt, c.1800, on which a previous owner has hand-written some notes regarding the cards.
In the Middle Ages hunting was an integral part of life.
Standard English pattern playing cards manufactured by Hunt, c.1800
This page exhibits several early examples of traditional, standard English playing cards of which the best known are those of Hewson of the seventeenth century, and Blanchard from the eighteenth century.
The Princely Hunting Pack, c.1440/45, is attributed to Konrad Witz and his workshop in Basle.