Johann Hieronymus Löschenkohl (1753-1807) was a goldsmith and a popular Viennese engraver who had already been granted a royal privilege as a fan printer. In 1806 he produced a copper engraved and daintily hand coloured deck of playing cards titled “Das Musikalische Kartenspiel”. The cards were aimed at a bourgeois public who enjoyed graphic arts which were didactic in character. The pip cards are overlaid on sheets of music, some of which are songs and some, when properly laid out, are actual pieces by Mozart. It is quite a delightful deck with court cards rendered in colouring that is close to pastel. See the Box►
Löschenkohl also produced a second copper engraved deck of Botanical Playing Cards►
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Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.
His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.
Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.
Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.
His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.
Theatre programme in the form of a pack of cards. East Germany, c.1967.
Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
A recreated of the original 1876, No. 18, Triplicate deck by A. Dougherty by Michael Scott in 2014.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century.
Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.
Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.
A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.
Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.
Baby Dolls pin-up deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
Gilbert and Sullivan deck created by Don Jack using artwork from Players cigarette cards.
Bandsman Snap by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.
Musikinstrumente quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1984.
Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40.
Reproduction of Richard Blome’s Heraldic playing cards, 1684, presented to lady guests at WCMPC Summer Meeting in 1888.
Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.
Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.
Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920.
Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.
The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.
A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019.
Musical Snap by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1900.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988.
Facsimile of Dondorf’s “Musikalisches Kartenspiel” (c.1862) published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004
“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996
Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840.
Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards.
Non-standard French-suited cards published by Ferd Piatnik & Sõhne, Vienna, c.1940s.
“Jeu de Géographie” educational playing cards etched by Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) and published by Henry le Gras, c.1644.
Skat deck for Austria’s excellent wines, Österreichischer Weinwirtschaftsfonds, c.1965