Small Walnut Solitaire Board

Small Walnut Solitaire Board

c. 1860 to c. 1900 England

Offered by Baggott Church Street Ltd

£365 gbp
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This example with a particularly good set of latticino and solid core marbles. The board with moulded rim and groove to collect the played marbles. Stands upon three turned bun feet.
English, circa 1860 - 1900
Diameter 7.5” (19cm)
Stock No. 1269
Legend has it that a mathematician by the name of Pelisson in the court of Louis XlV (1638 – 1715) was the inventor of the game of Solitaire. The first evidence of the game is seen in an engraving of the Princess of Soubise, Anne de Rohan-Chabot, made in the year 1697 by Claude Auguste Berey, which depicts the puzzle by her side. Also in that year, the August edition of the French literary magazine ‘Mercure Galant’ contains a description of the board and its rules. This is the first known reference to the game in print. The German mathematician, Leibnitz, also wrote about the game in 1710. Another version of the invention of the game is that a bored, French nobleman, incarcerated in the Bastille, devised the game using an old ‘Fox and Geese’ board, a board widely used for a variety of games from as far back as the time of the Vikings.
Dimensions
Width 7.50 inch (19.05 cm)
Stock Code
1269
Baggott Church Street Ltd

Baggott Church Street Ltd
Church Street
Stow-on-the-Wold
Gloucestershire
GL54 1BB
England

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