Joseph Hunt (1790-1801) was the first in a succession of manufacturers which culminated with
Bancks Brothers (1849-1889). Gibson & Hunt operated briefly (1801-1803) and were
followed successively by Hunt & Son (1804-1821), Hunt & Sons (1821-1840), Hunt, Hall, Bancks & Sons (1841),
A & R.O. Bancks (1841-1865) and finally Bancks Brothers (1849-1889). Hunt's earliest cards
(below, top two rows) are of the old archaic style, similar to those of Blanchard and
Gibson. His later cards are more simplified and stylised,
and it appears that woodblock cutters produced blocks for more than one manufacturer in a similar style.
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Above: playing cards by Hunt, c.1790. The Jacks have plants growing on the ground beneath
their feet, and the King of Hearts is holding an axe behind his head, rather than a sword as in later examples.
The soiling on the cards shows where the players' thumbs have been holding the cards.
Above: Interesting pack supposedly manufactured by Hunt, c.1800, but probably a Belgian fake. A previous owner
has hand-written some notes on the back of a card. The court cards are all slightly smaller than the numeral cards,
leading the previous owner to believe that this was a cheating deck, or possibly a conjurer's deck.
[Images courtesy Juan José Ruiz]