ANTIQUE CARD & TABLE GAMES

Metamorphoses / Tangrams / Puzzle Cards / Singles

1819 - Changeable Gentlemen – Ackermann

 An early set, where all the cards were numbered on production (Hence this set contains the characters as it was made)

Inner label, lists characters including “Mr Pitt, Mr Fox, Nelson, Bonaparte &cc, &cc” with original label.    Each set was made up of 28 heads, noses and shoulders making 21958 possible different combinations.  Each card has a number printed on it ( a magnifying glass or very good eye sight needed to  read them) – the picture shows characters set up with the correct cards

We believe that this game was sold over a period of time (as many games were) and kept up-to-date by replacing characters, so perhaps the numbers were removed to make this easier.

We have seen about 60 different heads/noses/bodies, so obviously there were many variations of this game

Changeable Gentlemen – Complete / Cards – very good / Box – good, small chip to lid, which has a military design with original label.

Insured Postage Free

REF: ANT100

£ 1600

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c1850 - Comic Profiles - Merryman Makeface

Or the changing features of funny creatures, the whole arranged by Merryman Makeface Esq – published by Rock & Co

Its aims is

“To enable the happy possessor to form 13824 varieties of one to their own likeing. Seen here are eyes and mouths and noses, from which you will pay pick and choose, Each its peculiar charm disclose, which if you’re wise you’ll refuse,
For if you miss the handsome faces, You’re compensated by grimaces,”

(this is on the box lid but not readable as the lid is so rubbed so copied from another source)

There appears to have been two sets made by Merryman Makeface Esq, Comic Profiles (heads) and Funny Physiognomy (bodies) – copy in The Edinburgh Museum of Childhood and mentioned in the EPCS Magazine January 2002
Very strange faces appear not unexpect by the description.

Condition – Comic Profiles / Cards – 24/24 tops 23/24 noses 24/24 chins – all in good condition / Box – original – top very faded and difficult to read. / No rules – maybe the box lid was enough

Postage / As postage often changes it will be provided at time of purchase. Postage will be at cost rounded up to the nearest £1.00 to cover packaging.

REF: MIS310

£ 1100

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c1880 Au Bon Marche

A very pretty – “mismatch” style booklet – (it is small 2″ by 4.5″ appr)
It is made up of 10 pages (including the cover) – 8 are cut in three so different heads / bodys / feet can be view (similar to Changeable Gentlemen).

The sheet have pictures on both sides so there are a possibility of 125 difference (head/middle/feet) using the back and front cover.
It was used as advertising for Bon Marche the surrounds being horse drawn carriages

Au Bon Marche – Booklet – very good condition – no damage

Postage / As postage often changes it will be provided at time of purchase. Postage will be at cost rounded up to the nearest £1.00 to cover packaging.

REF: MISC610

£ 95

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1820 Two Rebus Cards

Two early Rebus Cards – printed as red on white

Condition / Good conditition – small style cards

Postage / As postage often changes it will be provided at time of purchase. Postage will be at cost rounded up to the nearest £1.00 to cover packaging.

REF: MIS641

£ 48

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c1920/30 Puzzle Cards & Riddles

A part set of cards (18/26) with a series of different puzzles, and riddles. Some hard and some easy.

Puzzle Cards – 18/26 (assumed as “numbered” with a letter (A-Z)) – Good condition, odd marks, undamaged – no rules or box

Postage / As postage often changes it will be provided at time of purchase. Postage will be at cost rounded up to the nearest £1.00 to cover packaging.

REF: MIS800

£ 75

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c1880 - Dutch Loto Game

An interesting game which seems to be a Children’s Game (similar to a German Klassen-Lotterie game (1880)). It consists of:
A set of picture cards – numbered 1 to 60
A set of description cards (that match the picture cards) numbered 1 to 60
5 sets of Klasse cards
1ste Klasse 10 cards between 1 and 15 centen
2de Klasse 10 cards between 1 and 20 centen
3de Klasse 10 cards between 1 and 20 centen
4de Klasse 10 cards between 3 and 25 centen
5de Klasse 20 cards between niet (10 cards) and 100 centen
Each set of cards and klasse cards are in their own cases which match the box that they all fit into.

Unfortunately no rules – but from Klassen-Lotterie. The description from Klassen-Lotterie is
“The lottery cards and the tokens are dealt out to the players, then each player in turn draws a counter from the draw box and can claim a lottery card from the other players.” The object of the game is to end up with the most lottery cards.


Condition – Complete / Cards – very good but six have number over-written in pen (3de Klasse) / no rules / Original box and 7 inner boxes – Outer box scuffed at edges / inner boxes good (each labelled in pen) with contents

Postage / As postage often changes it will be provided at time of purchase. Postage will be at cost rounded up to the nearest £1.00 to cover packaging.

REF:  MISC613

£ 295

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