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NAMED, ARTIST SIGNED and PICTURE BACKS  

ITEM No   MAKER  c.DATE 

DETAILS  inc. CONDITION (Mint, EF, VF with ±, Fair, Poor)

PRICE 

 

NAMED BACKS (Mostly English 'narrow' named cards of the 1930s-50s. The title on the card is in bold.)

Named cards are listed alphabetically
818 Waddington

1960 17th Lancers and Grenadier Guards  A very attractive double set of military uniform illustrations showing soldiers of these two regiments with striped borders and the title in gold letters at the foot of each card. This is still sealed in the cellophane wrapper (beginning to unstick at one end but not undone) with the 1960 Waddington seal which they introduced as a quality mark for a short time when tax wrappers were abolished in 1960. (see also below #823 for others in this series.) £36

858

Waddington

1925

'A double point' named pair showing a good painting of two pointers on a heather moorland by Vaughan. Both sets of patience cards are in mint condition with fresh gold edges. 4 indices and a Waddington Ace of Spades. This set was imported into ARGENTINA by Mitchells' English Bookstore and has an Argentinean tax stamp on the Ace of Hearts and a retailer's label in the box. Box is not perfect but good. 52+J+1 and 52+J+1 + box and packer's slip. (Patience card size 44x67mm) Lovely set.

reserved

588 Goodall

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1930

An even chance, narrow named cards with lovely greyhound racing picture. Produced for the WD &HO Wills promotion of the 1930s, this is one of the rarest designs. Double bezique set with 64 cards +1 joker, rules, 2 scoring markers and good hinge topped box. All very good condition, the cards excellent and silver edged. Would make a good present.

£50
449 De La Rue 1935 Antirrhinums and Nasturtiums named double pack, full colour printing with gold decoration. 52+J and 52+J both packs EF with good gold edges. Double hinge lidded box with DLR metal label and silver printing Mawson, Swan and Morgan Ltd, City Stationers, Newcastle upon Tyne. £50
483 Waddington 1935 Backing a point with signed painting by Vaughan of two pointers in the heather. Cards have been well used and are slightly grubby. One or two minor creases. F £16
413 Waddington 1955 Big Ben, London Double pack in the Beautiful Britain series. Both packs sealed in tax wrapper. Box in mint condition with outer cardboard 'posting' box. £30
274 De La Rue 1950 Black game good illustration of two birds rising, gold frame and pale blue border. Traces of gold edges. 52 VF £12
275 Waddington 1925 Black Grouse named full colour design signed by William Barribal on gold and silver background. Buff coloured border. Gilt edges (worn). Wide bordered courts. 52 good VF with telescopic box, inner case printed with gold text ‘With compliments from OATES Ltd Worksop.’ £20
1176 Alf Cooke

1955 Blackpool Tower an attractive design in blue white and gold depicting this famous northern landmark. Sealed deck in the last style of blue tax wrapper before tax on cards was abolished in 1960. The box is in very good condition making this a fine complete item. £25
673 Ormond Ireland Waddington 1945 Blarney Castle with Ormond AS an advertising pack for Irish Great Southern Hotels with a picture on the back entitled Ireland Blarney Castle and a scroll saying Great Southern Hotels. 52+ J + box. Reasonable, used VF-. Un-named Ormond aces are relatively scarce.  £14
956 USPCCo

1930 Bok Bird Sanctuary Florida the famous Singing Tower is a national landmark. Title written in black script on the gold line just below the tower. The foreground shows some people relaxing by the water. 52 VF with the outer case of the box missing the end section. £14
443 Waddington

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1930 Bolton Abbey named Beautiful Britain series, early edition with thin and thick line borders, monochrome greens, Waddington Ace. 52 VF with box in good condition (illustrated). £25
512 Waddington 1930

Boy with Rabbit by Raeburn and The boyhood of Raleigh by Millais double pack of reproductions of these famous paintings. Both packs sealed. Box (damaged) and two bridge blocks.

£38
1021 Waddington

1940 Charlton House A design for 'S-S' which I think was a steel company (any other ideas?) I have been unable to trace Charlton House, perhaps a retirement home for employees. The style of building suggests the Cheltenham area possibly. 52 used VF + joker + original padded top box. £14
1188 Russell

 

1950

Danseuses en bleu and La Classe de Danse A pair of decks from the Modern Masters series by Russell in the Gladstone Brand  Reproductions of paintings by Edgar Degas. Only one deck has the Ace of Spades as shown in the illustration the companion deck has an anonymous AS. The Ace can be dated to approx 1949. Both decks light use VF. 52+J and 52+J with the original box in very good condition. £35
853 Waddington 

1930

Dutch Girl a quirky design showing the girl (who looks older than her pigtails suggest) looking over her shoulder. She has two dancing boys dangling from her hands, or are they meant to be dolls? An exceptional set in  almost mint condition. Pinkish border, gold background. 52 + J + original telescopic box, tight, slight surface damage to inner. £40
1177 Waddington

 

1950

Eros Piccadilly Circus London playing cards for the famous London Oxford Street Store Selfridges (there is a companion set called Big Ben). Very light use VF 52+J +box (missing top flap) £22
839 Waddington

 

1925

Fed Up, a lovely design signed by Harry Rowntree of the mischievous pooch attacking his master's silver cigarette box. Fabulous expression on the dog's face by a master of animal portraiture. Pinkish border with gold filigree design. Good gold edges to the cards. 52 + joker and the original very unusual embossed metallic paper hinged box. The cards are very clean and hardly used but there is an edge tear on the AS shown in the photo. £40
622 Waddington

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1935

The Goal and The Save, two superb full colour Polo designs by artist Paul Brown (both packs signed)  These are very scarce packs. Unusual in that one has 4 indices and the other 2 indices. 52+52 with the original box (not perfect, inscribed inside in gold letters "With compliments British Insulated Cables Ltd Preston Lancs.") and two bridge scoring booklets dated 1932. Both packs good condition, good VF. A good present for a polo fan, something to do while you're not replacing divots! £60
677 Waddington 1925 Golden Eagle and Seagulls by Harry Rowntree. The seagulls design is not named - this is entirely usual in this pair. Both packs in very good condition with good gold edges. The original box is also in generally good condition with the spare cards stuck into the lids rather than on the outside, this is an early style of box and has the registration mark on a label. 52 + 52 + box VF/VF+ £40
1286 De La Rue

1935 Grand National A scarce named deck with a superb picture of horses going over one of the jumps. Good gold edges. 52+J very light use. (Partner deck is 'Hell for Leather', see below #1289) £30
271 Waddington

1930 Green Chartreuse, Yellow Chartreuse liqueurs. Two of William Barribal’s superb advertising packs both signed. Nice item in original double box. (The same designs slightly adapted were also used for a Player's Please advertising double set in different colours.) 2x52+patterned box. VF/VF-  £75
1289 De La Rue

1935 Hell for Leather A scarce named deck with a superb picture of horses, huntsmen up, chasing across country. Good gold edges. 52 very light use. (Partner deck is 'Grand National', see above #1286) £30

474

De La Rue

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1930

Named Hornpipe good period coloured design on silver background. ‘Pneumatic’ surface, excellent silver edges. Telescopic box (missing end flap). 52 + contract bridge scoring rules. EF.

£45

1178 Waddington

 

1950

Horse Guards Whitehall attractive design in pale colours with turquoise border. The Ace of Spades is a scarce late 'Goodall & Son' design. The box has DLR stamp for card suppliers to HM King George VI 1936-1952 (died 1952 and these stamps were replaced with one stating the 'late king') Good condition VF+  52+J + good hinge lidded box.  £35
1217 Waddington

1925 In Shakespeare's Garden  narrow named card with attractive but entirely imaginative scene of Shakespeare's house and garden. Scarce design. 52 used VF with traces of gilding to the edges. £22
620 Waddington

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1935 India  narrow named card with very attractive scene of girl dancing before an Indian prince. Nell Gwyn brand.. 52 with box. VF no damage but have been played with and show signs of use as in picture. reserved
1186 Waddington Ormond

 

1940

Kilkenny Castle (Ireland)  A Waddington production with the scarce anonymous Ormond Ace. Monochrome photograph with white border. Cards have been lightly used VF. 52+J with the original Waddington hinge lidded box in good condition. £25
1191 Goodall 

 

1940

The Kiss and The Lace Shawl  A very attractive pair of paintings with semi-clad ladies. One deck sealed the other mint 52+J and the original box in reasonable condition, no splitting but faded in places and the little 'Boudoir' label partly missing. reserved
812 Goodall 1930 Lake Maligne (Alberta, Canada) attractive painting of this lake and surrounding mountains with small pine clad island. Silver and maroon border, silver edges to cards. 52 VF. £22
811 De La Rue

1925 Lake Windermere a good painting of this popular holiday destination in the Lake District. Pneumatic cards with good gilded edges. 52+J with box (sold by Mawson Swan & Morgan Ltd City Stationers Newcastle Upon Tyne). VF+ scarce and very collectable. £50
1185 Waddington

 

1930

Lands End (Cornwall) Very scarce photograph in the Beautiful Britain series. Monochrome green with green border lines. Used VF  52  with original box in fair condition, side splits. £30
717 Waddington 1935 McCaddie  (a companion design to Miss Hittie) a lovely painting depicting a cheeky young Scot's lad squinting into the sun, a golf bag over his shoulder. 52+J+slip in original box. All in excellent unused condition. Cards with bright 24ct gold edges. A super item. £48
461 De La Rue 1935 The Morning Flight named in silver, full colour painting of ducks in flight. Silver and blue border, good silvered edges, pneumatic finish (DLR patented herringbone raised pattern to ease dealing) 52 good VF+ with good hinge-lidded padded-top box. £24
1187 De La Rue

1935 Morning on the Marsh and On the Moors a very good pair of pneumatic finish decks with signed paintings of either duck or grouse. (I don't  recognize the signature.) These are fairly scarce designs in the popular named 'birds' range. 52 and 52 used VF with lovely period design box in excellent condition. £40
1274 De La Rue

1930 The Moth a lovely design by William Barribal and companion deck to The Butterfly. An early Waddington production from the 1920s/30s. The deck is still sealed in the cellophane around the box, and consequently a very rare opportunity to acquire a completely mint example of this attractive design. £50
449 De La Rue 1935 Nasturtiums and Antirrhinums named double pack, full colour printing with gold decoration. 52+J and 52+J both packs EF with good gold edges. Double hinge lidded box with DLR metal label and silver printing Mawson, Swan and Morgan Ltd, City Stationers, Newcastle upon Tyne. £40
1192 Waddington

1960 North Entrance White House Washington DC this is a superb very rare double set of the USA presidential residence. It is a perfect item still sealed inside the original cellophane wrapping around the box with the Waddington seals at both ends. It would make an excellent gift. (There was also a companion set produced of the UK prime minister's residence No 10 Downing Street - also very rare.) £70
823 Waddington

1960 Officer US Air Force in the same series of military uniforms as #818 above of the 17th Lancers and Grenadier Guards. This illustration shows an officer of the USAF, in the background an interesting plane on a gantry rather like the space shuttle  but too early for this to be the case (any ideas?) 52 with the original box. Excellent EF. (see also above #818 for another in this series.) £20
276 De La Rue

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1925 On the Broads named lovely full colour painting of boats on the Norfolk Broads with a windmill in the background. Pneumatic cards with silver edges (excellent). 52+J with original box (some wear to box). EF, a rare named pack in absolutely superb condition. £50
810 De La Rue

1940 Outward Bound a fully rigged sailing ship leaving a coast with cliffs, sailing boats nearby. Blue and gold border, gilt edges. Goodall Ace of Spades. 52+J with good box. Have been used, VF condition. £28
1092 De La Rue

1965-69 Pass of Glencoe A later example of the narrow named English cards, The Pass of Glencoe is in the Scottish Highlands. 52 + J + control slip. Unused EF with original plastic case. £12
851 De La Rue 1950 Patience partner to The Campaign. An eighteenth century scene of two bewigged gentlemen at a game. Gold border. Box has DLR King George VI stamp. Goodall Ace of Spades and courts. 52 + J + box. Good VF. £16
1034 Goodall

1930 Pekinese black background, gold border. Title in gold. From a painting by D Vaughan. 52 VF lightly used. Still a fair amount of gold to the edges, a few signs of use on the cards £18
1213 Goodall

1930 Reaping Goodall boudoir series narrow named card with lovely picture of old England, a harvesting scene with heavy horses. 52 + J + attractive boudoir box. Lightly used VF £28
1194 Universal

1935 (The) Rest Hour a lovely design in monochrome blues with a village scene, a rider on horseback and the shepherd resting with his dog. Used VF 52+J + box (no top flap and no picture card on back of box.) reserved
506 Goodall 1930 Rolling down to Rio named design of sailing ship in heavy seas. Green and gold wavy border, gilt edges. 52+J with excellent box. Mint condition. £35
1019 De La Rue

1952

Swift (Supermarine) its first flight was in 1948, introduced into service in 1954. A good painting by Frank Wootton (1914-1998) signed at lower right. Reverse entitled 'Swift'. This deck was a partner to 'Vulcan' also byt Wootton and in similar style. 52 used VF in original Goodall 'Society' box with DLR stamp in lid to Late King George VI (1952) £32
1179 Waddington

 

1950

Tower and Tower Bridge (London) one of the Beautiful Britain series. Monochrome green with deep maroon border lines. Very good condition, virtually unused VF+   52+2J with box in good condition. £20

ARTIST SIGNED (Artist signed card backs can also be found in the  advertising sections.)

643 Waddington 1925 Painting of Nell Gwynn signed by William Barribal. 2 indices, anonymous AS, traces of gilt edges. 52 cards in good condition VF, with very good telescopic box. (Pair with next item 138) £25
138 Waddington

1925 Painting of Charles II signed by William Barribal. 2 indices, anonymous AS, very clean gold edges. 52 with telescopic box (NB The sample card on the box has been placed off centre, but this is entirely original.) Almost mint. (Pair with previous item 643.) £35

1181

Waddington

1925

Barribal design with his wife as model. Barribal met his wife Gertrude (Babs) at Worcester Art School and married in 1905. She posed for several of his designs, her copper coloured hair being very distinctive. This is an unusual double bezique set, well used and with one damaged repaired card (see illustration) Less common Waddington Ace. VF-  32+32 

 £30

1053

Waddington

1925

Pair of Barribal designs A double set of patience sized cards with back designs by William Barribal. One, a typical illustration of a fashionable lady, the other from a series of children. Both signed. The original box is falling to bits and incomplete but the cards are superb with bright gold edges and no signs of use. 52 + J and 52 + J with box (d). Cards EF

 £30

1203

Waddington

1930

Barribal dancer ballerina style on pointe, pink dress and yellow background, a nice design. 52 + telescopic box, inner and outer cases without the ends. Cards very lightly used with good gold edges.

 £28

1202

Waddington

1935

Double set of lady sipping cocktail well known elegant design by William Barribal typical of the period, lovely costume and hat with feather. Double set with different coloured borders. 52+52 priced for used VF, with the original box good but with surface damage to one of the Waddington box labels.

 £22

677 Waddington 1925 Golden Eagle and seagulls by Harry Rowntree. The seagulls design is not named - this is entirely usual in this pair. Both packs in very good condition with good gold edges. The original box is also in generally good condition with the spare cards stuck into the lids rather than on the outside, this is an early style of box and has the registration mark on a label. 52 + 52 + box VF/VF+ £45
414 Waddington

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1930 Double pack of dancers by William Barribal.  'Amorette series' (nos. 373 and 374) slender cards. Silver pack 52, mauve pack 52, both used VF. Traces of gilt edges. Padded-top box. (See also 653) £48
653 Waddington 1930 Double pack of dancers by William Barribal.  'Amorette series' (nos. 371 and 372) slender cards. Both packs contain 52 cards. Used VF. Traces of gilt edges. Padded-top box. (See also 414) £48
1034 Goodall

1930 Pekinese black background, gold border. Title in gold. From a painting by D Vaughan. 52 VF lightly used. Still a fair amount of gold to the edges, a few signs of use on the cards £18
629 Waddington

 

1940 Lady drinking a cocktail . A desirable Barribal design with one of his typically upper class ladies with a very fine hat sipping a cocktail and looking rather alluringly over her shoulder. Yellow border with silver line. The cards have been well used, but the original box is a gem with a super design very much of the period. VF- £15
1019 De La Rue

1952

Supermarine Swift its first flight was in 1948, introduced into service in 1954. A good painting by Frank Wootton (1914-1998) signed at lower right. Reverse entitled 'Swift'. This deck was a partner to 'Vulcan' also byt Wootton and in similar style. 52 used VF in original Goodall 'Society' box with DLR stamp in lid to Late King George VI (1952) £32

PICTURE BACKS

46

Waddington

1925

Art Deco. Fir trees in blue gold and red. his is one of a series of early Waddington designs with matching boxes. Similar design is printed on telescopic box in blue and gold. 4 indices, gilt edges, anonymous Ace of Spades. 52 VF+ with matching box. 

£24

817

De La Rue

1930

Fairground An excellent example of its type the reverse has a picture of an old fairground scene in red, white, black and gold. The box has a related design printed on the front. DLR anonymous 'doilly' ace in mint condition with bright gold edges and an undamaged box (very small water stain bottom right corner showing in illustration) There are few designs with specially printed boxes to match the theme on the card back. 52 + J + box

£32

1041

De La Rue

1930

Fairground (Same as #817 above but blue) the reverse has a picture of an old fairground scene in blues, black and gold. The box has a related design printed on the front. DLR anonymous 'doilly' ace 52+J + box in very good condition with clean gold edges.

£24

1005

De La Rue

1930

Tulips and irises A very nice pair of pneumatic finished decorative backs with an art deco flavour to the style of illustration and frame. Tulips on silver background with silver edges to the cards, the irises on a gold ground with gold edges to cards.  52 + 52 with the original box. both decks average use. VF

£20

973

Waddington

1935

Japanese lady with musical instrument A delicately coloured scene with red, purple, gold etcetera. Sealed in the blue tax wrapper with the box. 

£35

1305

Mardon Son & Hall

1935

Yellow rose from the Wills promotion series by Mardon Son & Hall. 52+box good gold edges cards in very good condition, light use VF. 

 reserved

1224

Mardon Son & Hall

1935

Terriers  from the Wills promotion series by Mardon Son & Hall. 52+box cards in very good condition VF+ except the Ace of Spades which has a splash mark. Good gold edges.

 £20

974

Waddington

1935

Chinese junk illustration showing large vessel under full sail and little sampan nearby. The set is still sealed with the cellophane wrapper around the box. 

£28

1007

USPCCo

1935

Dogs A good pair of dog backs showing Pointers and Borzois. Both decks fairly well used but not damaged at all. VF- Feint traces of gilt edges. 52 and 52 with original box.

£24

1016 Waddington

1935 Polo riders Three polo players on a silver background in typical art deco style and minimal colouring. Pelham Brand cards by Waddington in a very attractive silver coloured telescopic box. 52 + box. Cards are without damage but have been played with on a grubby surface. £18
1010 De La Rue

1940 Soldier and Sailor with their girls Two very attractive picture backs depicting 18th century scenes of a grenadier and a 'jolly jack tar' courting maidens - the sailor's girl not too sure and the town girl clearly impressed with the uniform! Lovely design and colouring. Both sets complete 52 cards each. VF light use (noticeable crease on one card). £20
1182 Universal 

1950 West Highland Terrier New Bond series as sold in F W Woolworth as noted on the box flap. Tax wrapped in unnamed wrapper, maker's name on the box along with British Manufacture. (Please note the card shown in the illustration is not included, just showing the design.) Mint + box which has a minor seam tear at top flap. £14
1184 Waddington 

1950 Hunting scene design from a very good painting of huntsmen and hounds. 52 fairly well used VF- but no damage. £8
168 De La Rue

1950 Venetian canal scene. Pneumatic finish. Pair to item 169. 52+J. Very clean VF+ £12
169 De La Rue 1950 Dutch canal scene. Pneumatic finish. Pair to item 168. 52+J. Very clean EF £12
1142 Waddington

1955 Carnations and Pinks a picture of these ever popular and highly scented garden flowers. Two decks, one with red border the other green. Both sealed in duty wrapper 1953-60. With attractive mauve flocked card box, with gold coloured edges, no cards stuck to the outside. £14
1183 Alf Cooke 

1955 Dragon design New Bond series as sold in F W Woolworth as noted on the box flap. Maker's name on the box along with British Manufacture. 'Fabric finish' which refers to graining on the paper. Complete set VF with 52+2J and the box in good condition. £12

1207

De La Rue

1965

Fishing smack A colourful design which is in absolutely typical style of the period making this a more interesting deck than average.%2 + J + original plastic box in two colours. Very light use VF. (6C has horizontal crease at very end of the card) Pneumatic finish to cards (herringbone impression for easier dealing)

 £12

1266

Waddington

1972

Sir Joshua Reynolds a double set of cards featuring two of his portraits of the Beckfords produced by The Friends of the Tate Gallery as a gift set. This would still make a good present. Both sets sealed in cellophane with the card insert and the original plastic case.

£12

1315

Fournier

1975

Flamenco dancers signed by M Flores (?). Fournier standard design, very high quality card. Maker's name on AS and 4C. 52+2J+1+ original plastic case.

£6

1190

Waddington

1980

Pheasant and Partridge Double deck for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds with good paintings initialled RM. RSPB on the box. Both decks used VF. 52+J and 52+J with the box in good condition.

£12

976

Fournier

1980

A pair of Japanese figures one on a gold background the other on silver. A mint double set with the original cellophane wrapping around the box.

£12

    

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