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c1860 - Heads of House - unknown

This card game is similar in style to Jaques Illustrated Proverbs :

A colored picture with a three word name at the top, and 3 cards with the same title and one of each word on the picture card. it

Hand colored small cards (6.5 x 10.5 cms approx)

Condition – there are 7 complete sets, and 3 incomplete sets -:  2 are missing1 card and 1 missing 3 cards including the picture card. 

The cards are very good – little sign of use / Photocopied rules with the game had the name on it /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: CGMO102

£ 95

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1884 - Merry Matches - Wyman & Sons, London

An Old Maid style game with characters from Nursery Rhythms

Lovely pictures of characters in Nursery Rhythms, numbered to help matching them.

Condition /  The cards are numbers 1-31 (complete) in TLH corner, but this is quite pale so some-one has also numbered  them neatly in ink top centre. 

They are also a little grubby / Rules – original card / no box / photocopy of advert for the cards in The Bookseller (dated Oct 7th 1884) – included.  Produced  by F.G. & Co

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REF: CGM100

£  75

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c1900 - Sons of the Empire - Globe Games

Sons of the Empire

Snap game with colorful characers – a tongue-in-cheek look at Victoria’s armed forces.

These Globe games by Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher are hard to date. It seems that they were published between the 1890s up to around the start of the first World War when German sources were cut of, wooden boxex were replced with cardboard probably c1900.

Condition / Cards are complete 13 * 4 sets – light use – no damage  / Box – wooden two part box – no damages /Rules

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REF: GGO100

£ 125

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c1890 - Who's Sir Roger?- Jaques

C1890 – Who’s Sir Roger?- Jaques

There was great public interest in the real identity of a claimant to an English title who arrived from Australia and brought a legal case claiming the Estate.

This is not reflected in the game itself, which is a gambling game based on drawing cards to build a total as close as possible to 100, but losing stakes if that number is exceeded.

Condition – cards complete 50 / 50 – a little grubby  – some have green marks on them, from the backs of other cards. 2 have bents corners. / rules photocopy / no box

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REF:JJO651

£ 110

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c1850/60 – Mosaic Amusement -

This consists of 50 triangular pieces of wood that ft into a wooden box.

Mosaic Amusement / Complete 50/50 wooden pieces  / Rules booklet and diagrams of various options / Original 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: MIS300

£ 125

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1840 - Sovereigns of England – Ogilvy

Pictures of  Kings and Queens from 1066 to c1840

This is an rare early version of this game – no dates under the monarch’s name and a picture of a  very young Queen Victoria.

Pictured in a box on GARD with the name “Kings and Queens” on the box.  GARD believes it was very likely to be published by Ogilvy,  and at a later date by Jaques.

Game card has (engraver’s initials) HR and EE on it.

Condition – Complete  36/36 cards + 2 key cards & game card.

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REF: MIS610

£ 125

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c1845 - Philosopher’s Enigmas – William & Henry Rock

Made by William and Henry Rock, Card Makers and Fancy Stationers, [between 1838 and 1850]

The date is the period that William and Henry were in partnership.

A series of poetical enigmas on scientific subjects, chiefly original, with accompanying Solutions in prose

This is 20 enigma cards (A to T) plus the Philosopher’s card which are shuffled and dealt.

The pers on getting the Philosopher’s card being the “Philosopher”.

20 answer cards, which are exposed on the table

Each person then chooses an enigmas cards that he considers to be the answer – The umpire decides if this is correct – and if so the player keeps it.  The person with the most cards wins

Condition – cards (20 enigmas / 20 answers / Philosopher’s card complete) in very good condition / Leather box – very good – light wear to top of folding lid / Philosopher’s card  has the rules with answers on it.

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REF: CGM125

£ 175

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c1900 -Karoo- Globe Games

Karoo

“Karoo”, a beautifully illustrated card game, similar to Misfitz.

The game comprises 16 figures which are divided into three parts, the object being to complete as many complete figures as possible.

Condition / cards are good plus, but one has a tear / Original Rules / Top of box missing a section. 

Postage / As postage often changes it will be provided at time of purchase. 

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REF: GGO102

£ 45.00

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c1850 - Useful Trades - Dissected Puzzle

Useful Trades is a Double sided puzzle showing

A Shoemaker, Painter on one side and a Blacksmith, Bricklayer on the other.

Central character is not described but seems related to the second one on each side

No makers’ name – possibly by David Ogilvy, as there is a dissected puzzle of the same name listed at the Bodleian, but no picture available

Condition / Puzzle is very good – no missing or damaged pieces  / Box good, no damage just a little scuffed and grubby.

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REF: DIS175

£ 225

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1880 - Game of Quits – Jaques

A jaques game that is quite rare – probably because it is quite a complicated game.

There are 37 picture (royalty) cards with dates on them, that the leader has, and 50 cards with numbers on them that the players have.

The leader pulls out a card and states the date – the players then have to find a way of calculating the last two digits with their numbers cards. 

Whoever does this gets the picture cards.  The person with the most picture cards wins.

Quits – Condition – Cards are complete (87)  in very good (slight shawdow on top two card) / almost unused condition but slightly curved  / Rules photocopy / No box – picture of lid included 

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: JJ0375

£ 110

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c 1840 - Infantile Knowledge – Oglivy - dissected puzzle

This is a double sided dissected puzzle

The box is labelled Infantile Knowledge – First Step in the ladder of Learning

The two puzzles are 

                 School boy learning his lesson

                 Dame school

Linda Hannas describes her copy as “some (boys) study a picture showing a letter P for Pea.  The letter P is also on the wall and both these pictures are pasted on not part of the engraving.  This could explain why this version showing the word WREN.. The letter W is also on the wall

The puzzle is in very good condition, but the face of one of the pupils has been damaged and replaced with part of the guide sheet.  The guide sheet is no longer present.

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: DIS204

£ 575

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c1770 Pantheon or Heathen Mythology on cards

1760-1780 Pantheon or Heathen Mythology

This is complete (only one other complete set known is in the  British Musuem). It consists of – a title card +  a seller’s card  and 52 cards with details of lives of characters from mythology.

Interestingly, there are two cards for two characters (Ceries and Iphis) both different, referring to different incidents.

 Condition – Cards are engraved and in very good condition – some are darker and three are hand colored. 

The seller’s card Willerton Toy Shop has a rubbed area at the base and 42/6 written on the top RH corner –

The original card box is split down one edge, with heavy wear to all sides, the label has Mythology under the picture.

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: CGA500

£ 2750

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c1810 - European Card Game

This game consists of 22 cards (2 per country) with 3 questions at the bottom of each card.

There are 2 explaination cards with the answers and additional details, and a rules card.  The rules describe how to play the game – a question asked and not properly answered a counter goes to the pool.   A correct answers mean the player gets the card  – the person with the most cards wins the game.

Condition / Complete –  1 rules card,  2 explaination cards with answers 1- 22,  2 for each area/city.  Cards are  in very good condition, hand colorored.  Plain blue backs  of which two have some paper loss at the bottom edge.  There is no box.

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REF: CGA101

£ 295

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C1809 – European Card Game

An interesting and early educational children’s card game, consisting of 3 cards per country

Countries featured are
Denmark, France, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Prussia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey in Europe

The first shows country details  —  Map + latitude / longitude references
The second shows     —    Climate / Exports / cities and principal rivers
The third shows        —     National style dress and other details

The description are quite interesting ie
Denmark “proper is a small kingdom but Norway and parts of Lapland are also subject to it” Greenland and Iceland also mentioned under the description.
The people are quite
Danes are not active

Dutch are brave and industrious

Spaniards are strongly characterised by Haughtiness and Indolence

Interesting how different countries were thought of 200 years ago.

Condition / There are 11 map cards / 11 country cards / 9 national dress cards (missing Great Britain and France) – photocopies of missing people cards (and rules) are available – (thanks to Richard Ballam’s informative web site GARD). The cards have been well used, as can be seen from the pictures – 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: CGA112

£ 145

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1803 - A geographical description of the world - John Wallis

A geographical description of the world : on 32 cards. published by John Wallis London : [1st  November 1803]

The game should consist of
Africa      – African Islands.-Caffraria.-Egypt.-Hottentots.-
America.  -British America.-United States of America.-South America.-West India Islands.-
Asia.         – Arabia.-China.-India in general.-Persia.-Tartary.-
Europe.   – Denmark.-England.-France.-Germany.-Holland.-Ireland.-Italy.-Norway.-Portugal.  –Prussia.-Russia.-Scotland.-Spain.-Sweden.-Turkey in Europe.

A geographical description of the world : on 32 cards. Embellished with dresses of the various nations.  The descriptions are very detailed the Latitude Longtitue, Religon, Capital City in all cases.  Oher details vary by country –  regions  and  universities(in Scotland’s description).  Details about the king in Sweden’s.  Often with details of English visitors, government, etc

Condition / There are of 26 / 32 cards – (missing African Islands, Hottentots, British America.-United States of America, England, Portugal).  One card – Asia has damage to the top RH corner.  All the continent cards are darker than the country cards. There is no box.

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REF: CGA210

£ 125

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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.

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REF:  MIS501

£2100

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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.

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REF: CGS100

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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.

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REF:  MIS242

SOLD

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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)

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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.

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REF: JJ110

SOLD

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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.

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REF:J J210

£ 275

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c1880 - Pope Joan - Mullord Brothers

A rare version of this game, published by Mullord Brothers, we can find no references to this game online.

The “instructions for setting up the Board” is similar to normal Pope Joan board.

The counters are placed on the “board” or equivalent as per instructions, again as per usual Pope Joan

There is one Pope Joan card (numbered 1). And 40 other cards (10 of each color) with 10 different characters.

The aim is to get rid of your cards as quickly as possible –- with hints of playing cards you know people will not be able to follow.

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 

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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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