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53: Some recent acquisitions

The following items are a selection of what has come my way over the past two to three years.

When I get new items for my collection, I sometimes add images and information about them to already existing pages. As my whole collection is now online on page 69, it is easier to list new or replacement acquisitions on this page, so that I don't have to keep renewing the existing linked pages with just one or two packs.

385: As most collectors no doubt do, when I get a better copy of a pack already in my collection, I swap it for the one I already have. So this pack is a replacement for an incomplete one by Hall. It only has 32 cards, so was presumably used for piquet (too early for bézique). The KH is interesting in that his sword has been removed. This is the section which normally has the initials 'HC' carved on it, probably indicating the block-maker, Henry Crick. The pack dates from c.1812.

595 A replacement example, as this one has a joker and the remains of a maker's wrapper: these cards were sold as Pantaloons, c.1900. Plus an unused maker's wrapper.

1830a Goodall G10 court set, AS and two pip cards. These courts are the first redrawing of the bridge-size cards (Society) before the take-over by De La Rue and their pips, except for the spades, are smaller than those of 1830. c.1920. These are the basis of the later De La Rue printing of the courts (GD10).

1891: Charles Steer is not exactly a common maker. I never thought I'd get one of these, so a well-worn, incomplete example is fine by me. They are exactly the same as the cards sold by Perry but with Steer's name on the AS. The back design is one which I have in different colours on a Whitaker export pack and is similar to one used by Lawrence & Cohen in monochrome. Steer was taken over by Willis in 1869, so these date from c.1865.

1957 When I saw this in an auction catalogue, I saw a mixed pack: Creswick CR1 courts with a Hall & Bancks AS. On closer inspection I can see that not only are the backs all the same colour, but there are some differences between these courts and those of ordinary Creswick packs. The red jacks here are like those of Hall's later Type II ones, not the ones like Stone or Reynolds that Creswick uses. The colouring on some of the courts is also different, such as the order of the colours below the QH's sleeve. Again these are in the order they are in Hall's packs, not Creswick's. So what are we to make of this? I know of no connection between the two firms. The only possibility I can come up with is that Hall & Bancks bought some of the old stock or blocks when Creswick's firm was wound up in 1843. Who knows?!!

1970 Yippee!!!! I've got one! This is Goodall's rarest set of standard courts, G2.1 from c.1860. Just a grubby court set plus Old Frizzle, but since I only had a grubby photocopy up until now, I'm more than satisfied. These amazingly complicated designs didn't last long, though I've seen a single-ended version with a post-Frizzle AS from the period of the bézique mania of 1869-70. The courts are made by printing the top half of the design twice rather than integrating the two ends in an overall design. The single-ended version is 1983.

1986 De La Rue D3.2, the double-ended version of the Victoria pack with continental pips, not easy to come by, c.1855

1987 Pearsall Ltd. A very strange pack in that it is seemingly a copy of contemporaneous Dougherty courts, but the heads of the spade courts and JC are all turned against the body posture. The maker is very obscure, but is probably Canadian according to Dawson & Dawson. c.1890

2000 Hardy HD3, a late double-ended court design based on their curly single-figure design, c.1850


099 USPCC Congress double box with Art Deco backs 'On leash' and 'Promenade', to replace the pack listed on the Russell & Morgan/USPCC list, AS US6i, one dated 1928, one 1929, gold edges.

263 Replacement for incomplete example: Hall Type II late style with features of Type I, AS A5 (48, third repair), c.1813

310 An addition to the item shown in my list making up a matching bézique set, Goodall G3, AS4, pip type 1a, c.1870. A back design that was clearly influenced by Owen Jones's work for De La Rue.

393 Goodall Type I to replace the odd cards listed on page 69, c.1830

409 Replacement: Waddington W3.1, AS: 3, double bridge set in leather case, c.1938

604 Replacement: Waddington W3.1 courts for McIlwraith & McEacharn's Lines, M.V. Kanimbla, c.1938 (The Kanimbla was M.V. from 1936-39 only, after which she became HMS and then HMAS.)

685 Replacement: Waddington W2.11 in the Pelham series, c.1935. Pelham was used as a brand by Boots, usually made by De La Rue; neither the series nor the back is mentioned in John Berry's book on the Waddington archive.

753 Replacement: Goodall Prize Medal for Gas, GD9, Q-index 3, 1932-35 bridge score.

842a Goodall G4.21, as 842 but on thinner card, c.1885

1000a Two De La Rue D5 packs with two D4.1 packs listed as 1000 in a four-pack bézique box and two types of marker, c.1872

1147 Replacement: Goodall Boudoir, GD10, Q-index 1, AS: 4.4, unnamed back, c.1926

1287 Replacement: De La Rue D6 bézique set, two-way pips, booklet dated 1873 (second edition). This is a good piece of evidence as to when D6, the first set of turned courts, was introduced and also the double-ended pips.

1364 Replacement: Goodall G4.5 as 1627, but smaller frames on the courts, c.1900

1389 Replacement: Goodall Imperial Club G6, shaved for conjuring purposes (biseauté) with an Egyptian agent's label (G. Zaffiri), c.1910

1540 Replacement: Waddington Challenge, W5 courts with redrawn (damaged?) face on JC; silver gondolier backs, c.1930. This brand is not listed in John Berry's book on the Waddington archive.

1672 Nordisk unusual copy of Whitman's US5.1 courts. This firm only lasted 1953-55.

1804a Goodall Camden bézique, G5 courts as 1804, two packs with markers. The label inside the box lid has the number 9492, not listed in Mike Goodall's book on the firm and the family. A gift from the Lady Mayoress of Norwich, bought in Ely. c.1898

1841 Replacement: Goodall Foster's Bridge for Mudie, G6, c.1913. This has the same box as 1974 below, except that the maker's name on the side is changed.

1843 Replacement: A cheap-grade, square-cornered pack with D6 courts in a box made for the stationer who sold it, c.1880. I have never seen a boxed square-cornered pack before with its own box: the card on the box matches the back design of the cards.

1919 Replacement: A tax-wrapped example of a De La Rue pack with the royal coats of arms on the reverse, marketed as Royal Victoria Cards, Highlanders. D4 courts, of which the queens have black eye dots, something I've never seen before, except on a Turnbull wood-block pack. The registration is poor: see especially the QD, so I expect that is why they were sold as Highlanders, the third quality. It is interesting that these have been given the name of Royal Victoria, as the Victorias were those small-size cards with continental pip signs (as 1986 above). I'm guessing that the black eye dots, which don't appear on later examples of D4, suggest an early date for this example of 1850-53.

1965 China Crown all-plastic, CUS3.1, strange brick pattern on KD, Piatnik joker, c.2015

1974 New York Consolidated Foster's Self-playing Bridge, US6. *A/QS. These appeared in 1903, replacing Dougherty's Self-playing Whist cards. There only seems to have been one series.

2005 Goodall/De La Rue Capital, GD12. These cards are the same as De La Rue 1879 with a different AS and back, c.1935

2006 Goodall Skat set, double box with rules, one pack has G4.31 courts, the other G5, a useful, dated indication of the use of these court types, 1890

2007 Goodall Heartsette for Herbert Fitch, G4.31 with four indices, special AH, plain AS. Special pack for the game of Hearts, c.1885

2008 James English/T.I. & Co. advert pack with E2 courts. The AS has been altered at the bottom inside the garter, presumably after English sold off their card production, probably c.1902. I'm sure the later firm didn't last long in the market. This pack is far too good to end up as 'interesting singles'!

2009 Van Genechten Sport playing cards, Navy's, copy of NYCCC's turned courts, c.1900

2011 Anonymous, Belgian?, patience pack with courts derived from Goodall, index without suit sign on pip cards, c.1900

2013 Goodall/London PC, G5.1, AS: 6, one-way pips (with inked-in indices), square corners, c.1900

2014 Whitaker BW2 with fancy pips and extra decoration on the clothing, red jacks have smaller frames, named Frizzle AS. The back design is one used by Van Genechten. c.1855. In a polished wooden box with pack 780.

2015 Hall late Type II with features associated with Type I, e.g. 'HC' on KH, who has no moustache, jagged design on QH's bodice rather than buttons. 30/52, *JS, KC + pip cards, AS: A5 (78, first repair). A couple of courts have been bent at the sides (secondary use), c.1810

2016 Willis Triplicate with WL2.1 courts. Sadly, this is incomplete (46/52) with four courts missing, but I've only ever seen a photocopy of one of these. The version with all the courts turned, including the kings, of which I know several examples, seems to be more common. c.1885

2017 Well, here's a boring pack, you might say! It is rather, except that (i) I haven't seen these courts on wide-size cards before (they're usually like the KH on the joker) and (ii) they were made in China! Look bottom left on the joker; it says the same on the box. The name Carta Mundi is written as one word on the AS. These are marketed as Royal Flush and sold at Tesco's. They cost £2 and I find it hard to understand the logic of having them sent half-way across the world to be sold at such a relatively low price. Of course, the same applies to the many even cheaper Chinese packs available all over the United Kingdom. What are Chinese workers paid? Incidentally, the standard size Royal Flush packs, also sold for £2, are made in Belgium.


By Ken Lodge

Member since May 14, 2012

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​I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. Read more...

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1960 Souvenir Views of Scotland Playing Cards

Souvenir Views of Scotland Playing Cards

52 selected views of Scotland by De La Rue (Waddingtons) for GlenAlan Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, c.1960s.

1965 El Al Airlines

El Al Airlines

Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.

Hall & Son

Hall & Son

Hall & Son

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.

1973 Loriot Rummy

Loriot Rummy

Delightful comical deck designed by Loriot, the German cartoonist and comedian, 1973.

1895 Khanhoo


Khanhoo by Charles Goodall & Son, 1895.

1920 Rainbow


Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920.

Hungarian Drinking Skat

Hungarian Drinking Skat

Hungarian Drinking Skat, c.2004.

1864 Corner Indices

Corner Indices

Corner Indices were a major innovation in playing card production.

1932 Lobo


Lobo, the London Underground card game published by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, 1930s.

1949 Gundlach Skat No.100

Gundlach Skat No.100

Skat No.100 by E. Gundlach, Bielefeld, 1949.

68: Playing cards in glass

68: Playing cards in glass

My wife and I have recently commissioned a unique pair of stained glass windows for our home.

67: Adverts and related material after 1900

67: Adverts and related material after 1900

The final page of material relating to playing cards from British periodicals.

66: Adverts and related material 1862-1900

66: Adverts and related material 1862-1900

Some further material relating to cards from nineteenth and twentieth century periodicals.

1912 Ocean to Ocean Canada Souvenir

Ocean to Ocean Canada Souvenir

“Ocean to Ocean” Canadian Pictorial Souvenir pack by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1912.

1905 Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada, c.1905

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada, c.1905

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1905.

1893 Worshipful Company Pack

1893 Worshipful Company Pack

Worshipful Company Pack manufactured by Chas Goodall & Son, 1893.

60: Some less common Goodall packs, 1875-95

60: Some less common Goodall packs, 1875-95

There are some interesting packs from Goodall in the last quarter of the 19th century.

1897 Leipzig Exhibition Skat, 1897

Leipzig Exhibition Skat, 1897

“Leipziger Skat-Karte” depicting scenes from the Leipzig Industry and Trade Exhibition designed by Arthur Lewin, 1897.

1889 No.4 Special Whist

No.4 Special Whist

No.4 Special Whist (American Skat) playing cards made by the Russell & Morgan Printing Company, 1889.

59: Owen Jones (1809-74) and De La Rue

59: Owen Jones (1809-74) and De La Rue

A selection of examples of Owen Jones's work printed by De La Rue.

1893 Columbian Exposition Souvenir

Columbian Exposition Souvenir

Columbian Exposition Souvenir playing cards, G.W. Clark, Chicago, 1893.

1898 Pashas


“Pasha” is one of Charles Goodall’s brands which first appeared in c.1898 and was retained until after the De la Rue takeover.

1979 Mordillo Skat

Mordillo Skat

Mordillo Skat designed by Guillermo Mordillo, c.1979

1904 Hindooly


Hindooly published by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd c.1904.

Löwen Entertainment

Löwen Entertainment

Skat deck for Löwen Entertainment, producers of electronic gaming machines, 1986

1982 Altenburger Bauerntrachten

Altenburger Bauerntrachten

“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982.

Geprüfte Sicherheit

Geprüfte Sicherheit

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Accident Research, 1978

1978 Micky Mau~Mau

Micky Mau~Mau

Micky Mau~Mau by F. X. Schmid, 1978.

Progressive Whist Cards

Progressive Whist Cards

There are references to “progressive whist” or “whist drives” during the 19th and early years of the 20th century but this form of the game came into its own during the 1920s and 30s.

1914 Prince of Wales National Relief Fund 1914

Prince of Wales National Relief Fund 1914

A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.

Historic Shakespeare

Historic Shakespeare

Historic Shakespeare with courts featuring Shakespearean characters, Chas Goodall & Son, 1893.

53: Some recent acquisitions

53: Some recent acquisitions

The following items are a selection of what has come my way over the past two to three years.

Angler Skat

Angler Skat

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981

1980 Hunting Themed Skat

Hunting Themed Skat

German-suited hunting themed deck designed by Günter Schmitz and made by VEB Altenburg, 1980.

52: The Isle of Man

52: The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has always been a tax haven within the British Isles and it has also had some interesting packs of cards.

Derby Day

Derby Day

Derby Day race game published by Parker Games’ English subsidiary at Ivy Lane, London, from 1908 to around 1920.

1888 Deakin’s 3rd edition

Deakin’s 3rd edition

Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888.

1962 When three brands merge...

When three brands merge...

After De la Rue factories were bombed in 1940 their cards were printed by Waddingtons. In 1962 Waddingtons and De la Rue combined forces to form the Amalgamated Playing Card Co.

1976 Skat Politisch

Skat Politisch

Political “Skat Politisch” published by ASS, 1976.