“Hunter’s Bridge” playing cards by Altenburg-Stralsunder depicting animals and associated symbols of hunting, c.1976.
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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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
‘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.
54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
Commemorative Olympic Playing Cards produced by Waddingtons exclusively for Stanley Gibbons Antiquar...
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.
Complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany.
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
Centennial Olympic Games playing cards celebrating the centenary of the modern Olympic Games, 1896-1...
Review of “Trzes’ Moorish Deck” facsimile published by Ulrich Kaltenborn, Berlin, 2023.
Bicycle Negro League Baseball Museum souvenir playing cards, USA, 2012.
This post-mortem was carried out on a Bezique marker which was already falling apart.
Photographs of flowers, herbs and vegetables by leading photographer Tessa Traeger.
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Promotional pack for a German steel hardening business, with designs by Costante Costantini.
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Some early examples of popular German playing cards from the XV and XVI centuries.
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Cyclists from the Domex-Weinmann team who took part in the 1989 Tour de France.
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This article aims to illustrate the evolution of whist and gaming counters from the 18th century to ...
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Artist Edward Locker’s view of London life in 1799, using every card in the pack as part of the pict...