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Diameter 9.5” (24cm)
English, circa 1900 - 1930
Stock No. 1257
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. 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. Printed paper label with rules of play to bottom of board.
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)