Fox and Geese 19th C Hand Painted Wooden Marbles Solitaire game Two Sides
This rare form of solitaire game has two playing surfaces with hand painted decoration. No maker's mark. The coloured clay marbles are included. One side is for the classic game of solitaire and the other is a spiral game. This is the response we received when we wrote to the Museum of Childhood in England...
"This version of the fox and geese is known as 'Asalto' - distinguished by the fort design in green and is based on an army attacking a stronghold, where the army has 24 pieces and the fortress 2.
I do like the design of the spiral with its starting and finishing points in red. I would imagine this is a simple race game using dice where the object is to reach the centre first. If two players find themselves in the same hole then the first returns to the start. As with most games of this type, the landing on the end hole would have to be exact.
The board is almost certainly English, dating to the second half of the 19th century. Very few solitaire boards have any sort of makers mark on them as the design would have been ubiquitous."
Good Condition. No chips or cracks to the highly polished mahogany wooden board. Surface wear marks commensurate with age.
Approximate Dimensions: Measures approx. 20.5 cm diameter. Weight approx. 156 grams.