Children’s mathematics game made by J. Jaques & Sons, Ltd., c.1930s, called “SAM,” an acronym for subtraction, addition and multiplication. The date range given is based upon the Jacques address shown on the paper insert containing the rules of the game – “20 & 21 Kirby Street, Hatton Gardens, E.C.1”
The game is complete, with 48 cards, plus 2 “Score Markers” that have wheels and metal arrows similar to those used in some of the bezique counters and whist markers of the time. The 48 cards are divided into 4 colors – 12 brown S cards (S0-S11) for subtraction, 12 blue A cards (A0-A11) for addition, 12 yellow M (M0-M11) cards for multiplication, and 12 red SAM cards (S0-S11) that can be used for all 3 math functions. As noted there is an accompanying paper insert that give the rules of the game, and everything is housed in the original box.
The cards are in very good used condition, with general wear throughout, but without any creases, bends, tears, etc. The 2 markers are also in very good condition, with very light soiling, but otherwise without issues. The paper insert is slightly discolored through age, but is otherwise in excellent condition, given its age and vulnerability. The box is in good condition. It continues to house and protect the game, retaining the original linen lifts inside; but there are stains to the lid and to one side, the front corners of the lid have separated, and there is evidence of age, use and wear throughout.
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