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Dealers in Fine Antique Furniture and Furnishings for Town & Country Houses
New Arrivals with the town and country house in mind. Here are some of our most recent purchases.
Indoor Games the pursuit of which kept many an Edwardian family focused and is currently still a popular pastime and of interest to collectors. Examples of current stock of Croquet, Solitaire, Dominoes, Cribbage and Chess are featured this month. Many more can be found under our Sports & Games category.
Croquet
A kingly and sophisticated game, said to have come from France during the reign of Charles ll. Originally called Paille Maille, deriving ultimately from the Latin words for ball and mallet, the word became anglicised, and was eventually to name the street in which the fashionable and regal game was played - Pall Mall! Boxed miniature croquet sets like this one brought the game into the home.
Solitaire
Also with a French royal flavour and according to a popular story, solitaire was invented by a 17th century French aristocrat when incarcerated in the Bastille, but the first solid evidence of the game can be traced back to the court of Louis X1V and to an engraving made in 1697 by Claude August Berey of Anne de Rohan-Chabot, Princess of Soubise, playing such a game. This 19th century version has a mahogany board with variegated marble balls.
Dominoes
The oldest known domino set in existence was found in Tutankhamen's tomb, amongst the ruins of Thebes. The game went on to appear in Italy in the early 18th century and, from there, spread to the rest of Europe. The name 'Domino' is said to have come into being because of the game's pieces' resemblance to the masks worn in Venetian Carnivals, which were known as 'Domini'. The featured boxed set contains 55 ebony and bone tiles and runs to double nine rather than the normal double six.
Cribbage
Said to be the most popular game in the English speaking world, 'Crib' using 2, 3 or 4 players and with the objective of being the first to score a set amount of points, a scoring board is essential. With a variety of boards in stock, we can offer a fabulous three-handed Georgian scoring board, through to boards with extraordinary inlay and bearing the name of who we believe to be a Cotswolds maker, N. Murray.
Chess
Chess originated as a game in India before the 6th century AD, spreading to Persia then to Southern Europe, evolving into roughly its current form in the 15th century. Competition play began in the second half of the 19th century and the first world Chess Championship was held in 1886. Chess pieces, as well as having a personality of their own, have always been very tactile and collectable. Whether they are of the traditional Staunton type or ornate ivory pieces, they are represented in our collection in a variety of sizes and styles, along with a wonderful selection of travelling sets to keep the family amused on journeys.
Jigsaws
Peacock Puzzles introduced in 1853 became one of the most prolific producers of wooden jigsaws, using maps by George Philip & Son & Gall & Inglis. Peacock & Co produced high quality dissected maps in distinctive wooden boxes until the turn of the 20th century when cardboard became a more viable option. Chad Valley was to take over the company in 1934. Illustrated is a double dissection jigsaw with the Kings & Queens of England on one side and the map of Europe on the reverse.
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