Karl Gerich No.1: Early English Pattern
From the start Karl Gerich adopted the traditional craftsman's approach to the production of his playing-cards. This was to create a copper or steel plate etching, hand print from each plate and then to hand-colour the printed sheet. The first entry in the catalogue, dating from c.1982, shows full-length court figures with their symbols of office (mace, orb, halberd, sword, flower, etc.) after the early English style. They are crudely etched although beginning to show Karl's eye for detail. The hand colouring is in reds, blues, pink, black and yellow which is an accurate representation of traditional single-ended playing cards produced in England since the seventeenth century and used until the middle of the nineteenth century.