This rare 19th Century Jeu de Course mechanical horse racing game dating from around 1910 was made by M.J. & Cie France. This is large, square box measuring 38 cm x 38 cm and has three circles of red painted tin, with metal horses and jockeys who ride around the circumference of these ring. Made of tin metal and with a simple and effective mechanism which is activated by shifting the lever in the metal attachment stamped Jeu de Course on the side. The horses and riders ride around and under fretted silver arches. The winner is the first one passed the flag pole when the action stops. Each jockey holds a thin metal reins and are brightly painted. The middle brass bowl is for the betting tokens. This game comes with an acrylic box shaped top which is no original but has clearly been useful in preserving the paint on the horse and jockeys and preventing damage to the structure.
The outside of the structure is sadly very worn with the paint peeling from the edges of the structure and the sides of the acrylic top.
The game is functional.
Lovely rare thing, perfect for horse racing fans.
Unusual 1910 French 'Jeu de Course' Mechanical Horse Racing Game
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