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Published March 12, 2024 Updated March 12, 2024

Inglewood Hunting Deck

Inglewood Hunting Deck created by Ian Cumpstey, United Kingdom, 2023.

2023 United Kingdom Cartamundi Ian Cumpstey Hunting Kickstarter Add to Collection

Named after a historical Royal hunting forest close to Carlisle in the north of England, this pack by Cumbrian artist and designer Ian Cumpstey was first published in 2016. The pack described here is the 2nd edition of 2023 – it has a few minor design changes, but with unchanged artwork on the card faces. The concept was inspired by two 15th century packs with suits based on a hunting theme: the Ambras Hunting Deck (Ambraser Hofjagdspiel, ca. 1440, with suits of hawks, hounds, lures, and herons) and the Stuttgart Deck (Stuttgarter Kartenspiel, ca. 1430, with suits of hawks, hounds, deer, and ducks). This pack has suits of hawks, hounds, pheasants and deer.

The suits are easily distinguished not only by the animals appearing on the cards, but also by the background colours, and, for the court cards, by the colours of the clothing: hawks are on sky blue with navy blue clothing; hounds are on maroon and dark green with scarlet clothing; deer are on lilac with turquoise clothing; and pheasants are on yellow-orange with maroon clothing. The tens are marked with the Roman numeral X, and illustrated with banners. There are two extra cards which can serve as jokers, and one further card explaining the inspiration for this pack. See the box

Inglewood Hunting Deck created by Ian Cumpstey, United Kingdom, 2023 Inglewood Hunting Deck created by Ian Cumpstey, United Kingdom, 2023 Inglewood Hunting Deck created by Ian Cumpstey, United Kingdom, 2023

Above: Inglewood Hunting Deck (second edition) created by Ian Cumpstey (t/a Northern Displayers and Skadi Press), United Kingdom, 2023. Printed by Cartamundi.

References

Kickstarter: The Inglewood Hunting Deck second edition 2023

Kickstarter: The Inglewood Hunting Deck first edition 2016

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: Ambraser Hofjagdspiel

Landesmuseum Württemberg: Stuttgarter Kartenspiel

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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