Stunning silver cribbage board, featuring engravings in the center section of the King and Queen of Spades. These court card engravings appear to have been copied from the standard King and Queen of Spades made by Goodall c.1885-1890, and I have dated the board accordingly. However, because of their great beauty, the Goodall court card designs of this time were adopted and copied by card makers all over the world, including early U.S. makers, and for many years after. Moreover, even if the engravings are Goodall courts of that period, it does not necessarily follow that the board was made at that time. Therefore, the date given for the board is very approximate, and while I assume that it was made in England, I am not even sure of that.
The silver is not hallmarked. It came with three pegs that are made of wood and have heads in the shape of suit symbols – 2 in the shape of diamond, and one in the shape of a heart. I doubt they are the original pegs. However, they fit the very small peg holes of the board and so I have retained them. The only peg that I have that fits these holes is a small bone peg, and I have contributed it so that a game can be played on the board. Obviously, it is not a match, but it is the best I can do.
The board measures approximately 9.0” by 3.4” and sits on 4 round silver feet. The board comes in a box with a clasp on the front that may be original to the board. The box has purple felt where the board sits, and purple silk-like fabric to the underside of the lid.
The board is in exceptional condition. The interior of the box is in excellent condition, and the outside of it is in very good condition, with only minor signs of age and wear. All photos that I take of the board have a glare – no matter what I do, I can’t seem to avoid it. Hopefully, there are enough photos to convey a sense of how very beautiful this board is.
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