Walnut Solitaire Board
Walnut Solitaire Board
Walnut Solitaire Board

Walnut Solitaire Board

c. 1900 to c. 1920 England

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Marked for play of the game of German Tactics. Nine holes designated with dark green as ‘the fort’, with the remainder of the holes being joined by painted double or single lines. Turned walnut board with moulded edge and three flat bun feet with glass marbles.
Original printed paper label with rules of play to bottom of board.
Diameter 11.5” (29cm)
English, circa 1900 - 1920
Stock No. 9839
This tactical game is played by two players and is a member of the family of games of unequal sides that originates from the Medieval game of Fox and Geese.
A similar board manufactured by John Jaques of London, circa 1920, is displayed in the V&A
Museum of Childhood. These boards are also known as General Grant’s boards after they were given to Civil War soldiers as they waited to go into battle. (General Grant 1822-1885, Commanding General American War of Independence (Confederate)18th US President)

“The New Military Game of German Tactics
This game is played by two persons, the two officers by one and the twenty four men by the other; the officers are to be placed in any two marks within the Garrison, the men on the twenty four marks without.

The Men to make the first advance, the Officers are permitted to advance or retreat from mark to mark along both single and double lines, and to take the Men by passing over to a new mark and may thus take several at one move; they need not take a man unless so desired; but if he refuses to be taken off the Board the Men cannot take the Officers, they can only advance, and that along the single lines.

The Officers obtain the Game by both or either of them being blockaded in the Garrison, that they cannot move, or by reducing the men to eight.
The Men win the game by taking possession of nine marks of the garrison"
Stock Code
9839
Baggott Church Street Ltd

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

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