Some packs are so unusual and so original that they defy categorisation. Such is the case here. This is a reproduction of a unique pack thought to be by Edward Hawke Locker (1777-1849) (see the signature and date on the Ace of Diamonds). The figures painted by Locker represent traders and other characters found in the streets and taverns of London in 1799, many in caricature. What makes this pack extra special is the inclusion somewhere on every card of the card it represents, hence “Cards on Cards” – a truly original idea at the time. On most of the court cards, a standard English court card has been placed in a top corner, whereas the pip cards form a part of each picture. The 9 of Diamonds depicts a Scottish Highlander piercing said card – the card traditionally known as “The Curse of Scotland”. The Ace of Spades even has the name of a contemporary maker (Gibson) on it. The original pack used to be in the possession of Sylvia Mann. The reproduction pack has square corners and the backs are blank. Published in an edition of 2,000 packs. See the box►
• See the booklet►
• Wikipedia: Edward Hawke Locker►
Member since May 31, 2022
Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A political pack designed by Pino Zac and published in 1977 by Editions Arts et Lettres.
A pack of cards depicting characters from the famous play "The Wedding of Krechinsky" by Sukhovo-Kob...
Masonic playing cards created by Ivan Wojnikow, 2004.
Fine reproduction of a Fribourg pattern pack, originally by Jean-Jacques Burdel.
A celebration of different postal systems in Germany from 1630 to 1850, with designs by Volker Hartm...
Historical playing cards by C. L. Wüst depicting monarchs of Brazil and Portugal.
Facsimile of ‘FDR New Deal Deck’ of 1934 re-published by Bill Schroeder, USA, 2010.
Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, Bavaria, early 19th century.
Politicards 1980 in which Ronald Reagan defeated the incumbent Jimmy Carter, with caricatures by Kei...
German-suited Cartomancy deck published by Johann Ernst Backofen, Nürnberg.
“Playing Politics ’10: With no expenses spared” featuring caricatures by Oliver Preston, published b...
Playing Politics ’92: Pack of lies with caricatures by Grant Robertson, UK.
French-suited Natural History Tarot deck by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Facsimile of Winstanley’s Geographical cards produced by Harold & Virginia Wayland, 1967.
German-suited ‘Heathen War’ playing cards published by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Mythological and Allegorical tarot produced by Peter Paul Fetscher junior, Munich.
Fantasy French-suited pack produced by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1825.
Uncut sheet of miniature Bavarian playing cards by Joseph Fetscher.
Classic German-suited Bavarian pattern by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, early 19th century.
French-suited Animal Tarot deck produced by Andreas Benedict Göbl, Munich.
French-suited Bavarian deck by Andreas Benedict Göbl, late 18th c.
Historical playing cards by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Bavarian piquet cards with oriental illustrations produced by Andreas Benedict Göbl, Munich, late 18...
‘National Costumes of Turkey’ tarot by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig, c.1800-1825.
French-suited Æsop’s fables tarot produced by Leipzig Industrie Comptoir, c.1800-1825.
Pack conceived by Berthold Conradi, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the granting of town righ...
Dondorf Jägerkarte Nr. 465 playing cards dedicated to the theme of hunting, c.1930.
A Pomeranian Tarot deck with etchings by Georg Pommer published by Conrad Jegel, 1852.
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.