Price: £3850

A particularly fine quality (and now rare) mid/late 19th century GAMES COMPENDIUM in remarkably good condition.  Almost certainly by Betjemann, the case is of beautifully-figured coromandel wood, embellished with ornate ‘Gothic’ brass mounts, and applied with delightful oval pietra dura (inlaid marble) panels to the lid and the front.

The box opens to reveal the superbly fitted interior with full set of 32 white and red-stained ivory chessmen; 30 white and red-stained ivory draughts and backgammon pieces; cribbage board; whist scoring board; whist “hand” markers; set of six dice; set of eight pegs, whilst within the lid is the superb quality ebony; ivory and kingwood folding Chess, Draughts and Backgammon board with gilded hinges and in perfect condition.

A button at the back operates a spring-loaded lower drawer which opens to reveal four sets of Victorian playing cards together with their matching Bezique scorecards; pair of ivory and ebony shakers; quantity of red and white counters and a central compartment containing dozens of gilt “Georgian” playing tokens.

The entire box is lined with finest quality figured satinwood, and all hinges; brackets; lockplates etc are of beautifully gilded brass, together with the gilded retailers label for: J & T Forcie, of Buchanan St. Glasgow.   A remarkably Games Box in remarkable condition. circa 1870-1885. 13ins (33cms) wide.

* Items containing a small amount of ivory (10% by volume) and made before 1947, are exempt from the soon-to-become law banning the sale of ivory items. 


Stock No: 5061/k

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