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Shove ha'penny, known before some inflation as shoffe-grote, slype groat and slide-thrift, is a pub game in the shuffleboard family, played mostly in Britain. Two players or teams compete against one another using coins or discs on a tabletop board such as this.
In an exceedingly rare book "The Shove Ha'penny Board Displayed" published in 1934, author Trelawney Dayrell-Reed asserts that the best boards are made of unvarnished walnut or mahogany. In parts of Southern England, primarily Dorset and Hampshire, the board is made of slate and lubricated with arrowroot powder or French chalk, which makes the polished ha'pennies glide with a very light touch.
This board is inlaid with a makeshift brass trade label for a J. Stone, No 37 Picton Street, Camberwell. (London). Constructed of un-polished mahogany over a sheet of slate all laid onto pine and with a brass edge, top guard and lift up deciders. English circa 1880.
w:15.5 in x h:25 in (The board 2.25 inches thick.)