• Peter Berthoud

Jack of All Trades

Updated: Sep 4

Jack of All Trades


First Published: 1932, Kum-Bak, Vauxhall Street, London (Later Pepys Series)

Illustrator or Designer: Not Credited


Contents: 52 Cards + Folded Rules Leaflet


Jack of All Trades Telescopic Box Front With Title Card
Jack of All Trades - Telescopic Box Front With Title Card

The pack has 52 cards in 13 sets of 4 cards. Each set of 4 cards has 1 craftsman and three tools of their trade.


Jack of All Trades Cards - Butcher: Knife, Saw, Steel. Blacksmith: Anvil, Horseshoe, Hammer.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Butcher: Knife, Saw, Steel. Blacksmith: Anvil, Horseshoe, Hammer.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Bricklayer: Brick, Trowel, Hammer. Soldier: Rifle, Knapsack, Bayonet.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Bricklayer: Brick, Trowel, Hammer. Soldier: Rifle, Knapsack, Bayonet.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Policeman: Lantern, Helmet, Handcuffs. Railway Guard: Whistle, Lantern, Flag.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Policeman: Lantern, Helmet, Handcuffs. Railway Guard: Whistle, Lantern, Flag.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Painter: Steps, Paint Pot, Brush. Navvy: Shovel, Pick, Barrow.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Painter: Steps, Paint Pot, Brush. Navvy: Shovel, Pick, Barrow.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Gardener: Trowel, Flower Pot, Barrow. Fireman: Helmet, Hose, Axe.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Gardener: Trowel, Flower Pot, Barrow. Fireman: Helmet, Hose, Axe.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Engineer: Vice, Spanner, Hammer. Carpenter: Saw, Plane, Hammer.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Engineer: Vice, Spanner, Hammer. Carpenter: Saw, Plane, Hammer.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Burglar: Swag, Mask, Jemmy.

Jack of All Trades Cards - Burglar: Swag, Mask, Jemmy.


Jack of All Trades was first published by Kum-Bak games in 1932. When Castell Brothers bought Kum-Bak's games Jack of All Trades, along with Kargo, became Pepys products. Kargo was resissued in numerous different forms but Jack of Trades appears to have been harder to sell.


Jack of All Trades was advertised on the backs of pre-war Pepys rule books, for example Crime Club where the price quoted is 1/-. The game would have been more expensive to produce than most other Pepys games but it is advertised at a budget price within the range.


Rex Pitts said that he never saw a copy of Jack of All Trades with "The Pepys' name on it, or any mention of Castell Brothers, perhaps it was only sold to use up old stock they had inherited." Pepys: The Story of The Company and its Games 4th Ed.,p5.



Game & Version Details




Jack of All Trades - Telescopic Box in two parts



Jack of All Trades - Card Back



Jack of All Trades - Rules Front



Jack of All Trades - Rules Back



Jack of All Trades -Telescopic Box Back With Card Back Affixed