This is a set of antique carved bone counters for the game of Whist. The Whist marker is the object that was used to count the points in the game of Whist. Whist is a very old English trick-taking card game that was widely played in the 18th and 19th centuries. The game appeared in England during the 17th century. It became very popular in France, played by Marie Antoinette and Napoleon, and later made its way to the US. Whist fell out of favor by the 20th century in exchange for the even more popular game of Bridge.
This set is a small lidded holder for the markers. The lid has a carved and colored image of a plant and vase, inside of which is carved the title of the game, "Whist" which is dyed an indigo blue. There is a decorative circle and dot design carved into the bottom of the container. There are four circular bone tiles, numbered in red 1-4. They are quite thin and delicate, but in great condition.
This set is in excellent antique condition, with wear consistent with age. There is a small crack along the side of the case, reaching from the bottom to the lip, visible in the photographs.
The container measures 1 inch wide in diameter.
Mid 1800s Carved Bone Whist Game Counter Set