Facsimile of Swiss ‘William Tell’ deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004. The cards, including the four illustrated aces, tell the story of William Tell and the heroes and heroines of the Helvetian independance. See the Information card►
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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.
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.
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...
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.
National Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co c.1900.
A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
Neue Deutsche Spielkarte (Reformkarte) conceived by Dr. Timon Schroeter, 1883.
Facsimile of Dondorf’s “Musikalisches Kartenspiel” (c.1862) published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004
Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840.
“Jeu de Géographie” educational playing cards etched by Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) and published by Henry le Gras, c.1644.
Baraja ‘Goyesca’ facsimile of original deck published in Madrid by Clemente de Roxas, 1814.
Cartes des Rois de France (1644) facsimile edition by Edizioni del Solleone, 1986.
Reprint of Lapin’s Historical Belarusian playing cards.
“Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of French Revolution deck originally published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793.
“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830.
“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817
Churchill ‘Walking with Destiny’ playing cards published by the Imperial War Museum.
Naipe Nacional designed by the architect, illustrator and artist Luis Alemany (1886-1943).
Facsimile edition of 19th century I. Hardy Exportation deck complete with reproduction tax wrapper, c.1990s.
“Jeu de l’an 2” by Grimaud is a facsimile of French Revolutionary cards first published by Veuve Mouton in c.1793
“Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil” published by Éditions Dusserre, Paris, based on originals published in 1838.
‘Cartes de Luxe’ first published by Biermans in 1877 was reproduced in facsimile by Amstel Beer in c.1980.
‘Gaucho’ Spanish-suited deck, anonymous manufacturer, made in Argentina, 2001.
Set of medieval playing cards with King, Queen, Knave and numeral cards from one to ten in each of four suits which refer to the activity of hunting, as practiced by the nobility.
Czech “Hussite” Pack engraved by Karel Hoffmann and first printed by Jan Ritter in 1895.
Serravalle-Sesia Tarot published by Fratelli Avondo, c.1880.
Gumppenberg published several new decks by artists or engravers of the day. The designs are clear and well-engraved, in the style of the revival of antiquity, preserving the symbolic intensity of the Tarot.
“Tarocchino Lombardo” c.1835, a limited facsimile edition of 2500 by Edizione del Solleone, Italy, 1981.
Johann Hieronymus Löschenkohl (1753-1807) produced a copper engraved deck of playing cards titled “Das Musikalische Kartenspiel” in 1806.
Piatnik was known for their magnificent quality of chromo-lithographic printing, and this facsimile, or reprint, of “Soldaten Tarock No. 217” is virtually as magnificent as the original.
Hand-made “Tudor Playing Cards” by David James Binns, age 12.
Gedimino Stulpai playing cards made in Lithuania by Spindulys Printing Co., Kaunas, depicting Lithuanian national symbolism.
Naipes Argentinos 'La Partida' y 'Aparcero' published by Obsequios Empresarios Argentinos, Santa Fe.
Naipes Nacionales designed by Manuel Bayardi and published by Clemente Jacques y Cia, Mexico c.1940.
Joan Barbot, San Sebastian c.1765-1810.