ANTIQUE CARD & TABLE GAMES

1812 - Botany - John Wallis

The Science of Botany according to the System of Linnaeus, by Mad.lle de Cely, published by  J.Wallis, London.

 The System of Linnaeus is a science which covers vegetables and plants and divides them into classes, orders, genera, species, and varieties.

This game consists of 54 etched cards, each with hand-colored illustration in upper half and questions or answers at bottom.  They are in the orginal box which is dated 31 October 1812. 

There are other later copies, incards boxes,  undated without a publisher.  There is also a 1829  version in a wooden box with E Wallis as the publisher held in Princeton University.

Many games and cards of this period were reproduced over the years.

Condition / Cards are good, clean, no damage / Box scuffed. with wear – but can be easily read / There are no rules, and the box is full with 54 cards   Rules were probbly added later as there are in the 1829 version in a larger wooden 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:  MIS501

£2100

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1815 -The Principle Events in the History of England to the Reign of George III

This dissected puzzle was published on

 1st December1st 1815  by Wm Harvey Josh Darton and Saml Darton (William Darton, Josiah Harvey and Samuel Darton).

The sheet ismounted on wood and disected. Engravings of the principal events in the history of England, to the reign of George III.

The puzzle sold at 10s. in the box, 13s. if coloured and “the sheet may be had for the use of schools, price three shillings.”

It consisted of forty-eight small scenes, each depicting an historical event, beginning with the Ancient Britons and ending with the death of Lord Nelson in 1805.

Condition /Some odd marks/fading to some of the pictures. The side pieces with damage to the joints, signs of woodworm damage on a couple of pieces/ No 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:  DIS100

£ 225.00

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1835-1840 - Wallis's New Poetical Cards - Authur Wallis

The title on the box is

“Wallis’s New Poetical Cards, an Entirely New and Instructive Game, adapted for Evening Parties, &c.”

The game is played by starting with the question “What is poetry” and the person who answer that then read the nex question. The answer on one card has the next question on the reverse – cards are also numbered 1-52.  There is an instruction sheet which has a list of the way the questons are link.  

It was printed by

Whittaker & Co – Ave Maria Lane.      Whittaker was at this address in 1834 and 1840.  

Arthur Wallis  – Booksellers – Brighton

We have seen a later copy published by Charles Gilpin and Arthur Wallis. 

Charles Gilpin was a publisher in Bishopgate, London  1844 to 1851.

Condition / Box – orginal – complete / Rules on card / Cards – very good light use.

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: CGS100

£ 250

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c1860 BBIFIN or The Witty Naturalist - A Lewis

BBIFIN or The Witty Naturalist

A new game of 120 cards in a case” – “written in the hope of obtaining a little help for some of the poor of Coventry” printed by A Lewis, price 2/6d

60 cards are pale pink and have a number and the name of a bird, beast, fish or flower.       60 cards are white and have number and description on them, often in verse

Eg

Be I bird or be I beast

In summer nights I feast

On walls in winter I repose

Clinging with my crooked claws.

Other are simpler but there are about 6/8 animals we have never heard of including cicadas, grosbeak and torpedo!!

Presumably the game was designed to teach children about nature – so the pink cards would be dealt to the players and the “adult” would then read from a white card, the child who has the card, and knows it correctly would get a token, sweet etc.

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:  MIS242

£ 125

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1869 - The New Game of Bog - published by W Childs

The New Game of Bog – published by W Childs Jun, 51 &51a Kings Road Brighton

This is a folding hexagonal board similar to a Pope Joan or Nain Jaune board for what seems to be a high stake gambling game.

It is played with a 32 card pack.

This copy was published W Childs Jr – Label on back states

Toys BasketsLeatherWorkGlass PaperMachie Cutlery Brushes Combs” stet.

Childs of Brighton registered a copyright on 21/12/1869.

The version of the Game of Bog in the V&A is dated 1830 and is a French version with full rules (also translated into English) with basic details of how to play below.

This item comes in its own box, with Childs label on the base

A Bog is a pair of cards of the same value: 2 Kings, 2 Queens, 2 10s, etc;

the Knave of Clubs with such a pair is called Misti;

a Brelan is a trio of cards of the same value;

a Square Brelan is a quartet of such cards.

Two Bogs are worth more than one, a Misti is worth more than two Bogs,

a Brelan is worth more than a Misti,

a Square Brelan is worth the most.

Condition – Board — thick – no damage hand colored, some foxing / Original two part box – very good – slight wear on edges / No Rules but V&A link (or copy can be provided)

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:  MIS242

£ 195

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c1875 - The Characters Of Charles Dickens – Jaques & Son

Initially made by Ogilvy c1875 or earlier , this was then produced by Jaques. This game is a quartet / collecting game that involves collecting cards by novel.

It features books/stories written by Charles Dickens starting with Pickwick (papers) 1836 and finishing with Little Dorrit serialised from December 1855 to June 1857. There is one set that covers “Christmas books”.

Charles Dickens wrote about 190 short stories, including Christmas-themed stories and ghost stories, that were published in magazines. A number of novels were also serialized in either weekly or monthly magazines and then reprinted in a standard book format.

Each set consists of 4 cards.

For ten of the sets each card features a drawing of a character and a description of the character.

The other three sets are different

One features Christmas Books, which list nine characters on four cards – no picture

The other two feature books

Little Dorrit, and David Coppperfield – listing 12 characters – no pictures

All books included were written prior to 1857.  

Condition / Charles Dikens / Cards complete – in good condition, light use but no damage. There are two different type faces used for  the title on 8 sets. This is consistence with other packs we have seen and those on WOPC site./ Rules / copy of rule cards / two part box good and clean.

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: JJ110

£  175

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1870 - The Moffillisahn or Indian Castanets – Jaques

A John Jaques & Son game The Moffillisahn or Indian Castanets, in mahogany slide top box with green label.

Described in the rules as “an elegant and favourite toy with the Punjaee women of high cast, many of whom will amuse themselves and their children with it for hours”

A game with a ball at each end of a silken cord, which can hit one another and be kept in continuous motion by a jerk of the player’s hand.

Unusual  game which we hadn’t previous seen.

Condition – Indian Castanets – Original box – very good –  slight damage to the rim on one side  so sliding lid is loose.  Indents inside the box for the two balls.  Balls on string – not silken cord as described in the rules.  Photocopy of rules.

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: JJ210

£ 275

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c1880 - Pope Joan - Mullord Brothers

A rare game, published by Mullord Brothers, we can little referene to this game.

The “instructions for setting up the Board” does not mention the number of cards.

It says that “46 counters are required, and must be obtained in equal proportions from each of the players.” 

Limiting to number of players to 2 or 23 !!! so presumably an error

There is one Pope Joan card (numbered 1). 

The  other cards are numbered from 2 to 41 – ie four sets of ten cards plus a Pope Joan card No 1.

Nothing is mentioned in the rules apart from the aim of getting rid of all your cards, as if all are equal.  

Pope Joan / Condition / Cards are near mint 41 + a card with direction instructions, a card describing a Pope Joan Board layout & a blank card. / Box –  repaired with tape – but complete and in good condition – the front has an engraved picture of  Pope Joan similar to the Pope Joan Card.

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:  MIS242

£ 275

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c1918 - 'Kill-Kiel' -Jaques

A game with submarine mines, by John Jaques.   It was invented by Bertram C. Joy.

It depicts a naval wargame in the North Atlantic, including ships and sea mines.

The game is large 18 by 11.5 inches.

The box has a map in it that depicts the area between England and Denmark (basically from Hull north ).

There is a 11 by 12 set of circles – 17 circles, on each side of the board, have letters on them.  Both sheets can be lifted from the  side and underneath is a plain sheet with just the lettered circles showing.

Presumably the “mines” were “hidden” under the top sheet and you had to negotiate a route to Denmark.  Unfortunately we can find no more details about this game.

Condition – board – clean – slight split at the base where the sheet has been bent  / small round metal playing pieces  – good/ no rules / box – scuffed and rubbed 

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: JJ175

£ 325

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c1918 - With the Flag to Berlin

A board game thats object is to reach Berlin.

Very different from most board games as you move forward depending on where a ball on thread operated by a spring lands.

The game consists of a board two mounts and two posts to attach ball and string.  The actual flags that would have been used as playing pieces are missing. The string is colored and the movement of the pieces depends depends on the color of the string where the ball stops.

We can only find a reference to this in the Museum of Packages.  

Condition / Board very good / wooden holders and mounts – used / flags missing  / colored string, ball and spring – good / Rules inside bix lid – good / Box – good picture on the front showing the game being played  – bottom one split corner – top four corners split.

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: WAR101

£ 175

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1835-1840 - Wallis's New Poetical Cards - Arthur Wallis

The title on the box is

“Wallis’s New Poetical Cards, an Entirely New and Instructive Game, adapted for Evening Parties, &c.”

The game is played by starting with the question “What is poetry” and the person who answer that then read the nex question. The answer on one card has the next question on the reverse – cards are also numbered 1-52.  There is an instruction sheet which has a list of the way the questons are link.  

It was printed by

Whittaker & Co – Ave Maria Lane.      Whittaker was at this address in 1834 and 1840.  

Arthur Wallis  – Booksellers – Brighton

We have seen a later copy published by Charles Gilpin and Arthur Wallis. 

Charles Gilpin was a publisher in Bishopgate, London  1844 to 1851.

Condition / Box – orginal – complete / Rules on card / Cards – very good light use.

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: CGS100

£ 250

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c1920/30 - Miraculum

A fore runner of the Magic Robot – popular in the 1950/60. 

A question ring is placed on the glass cover and the Magic marker shows the answer.

Question and answers in English

It’s magic!!!

Condition / Box – orginal – complete / Rules on card / Rubbed and a little grubby.

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:  MIS246

£ 55

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c 1930 - Game Electra - Sala

This is an electrical question and answer game produced in Germany and including a sheet of questions on The Great War.
The game is complete with 6 sheets of questions and rules under lid.
The electrical part would need a new battery and s worn as shown

 

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:  MIS242

£ 25

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